Kate and Prince William appear to be bringing up their children in a different way than Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are believed not to have told their firstborn he is the third-in-line to the throne and will be king after his father Prince William.
This, one expert said, marks an attempt by the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to give their children a normal childhood despite their position within the Royal Family and proximity to the throne.
Catherine Mayer, author of ‘Charles: The Heart of a King’, told E! News: “With George they are trying to delay that moment of realisation and give him normality before they thrust this on him.”
However, Ms Mayer added, Prince George is unlikely to have been kept completely in the darkness about the role his family has in the UK.
She added: “But it will be, nevertheless, part of his upbringing both in terms of what he sees his parents and grandparents doing and probably quite soon a beginning of an understanding that he is in public life and what that means.”
In 2016, when Prince George was only three, Prince William said in an interview ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday: “There will be a time and place to bring George up and understand how he fits in the world.
“Right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure and stable environment and showing him as much love as I can as a father.”
On the other hand, Prince Charles and Diana brought up Prince William and Prince Harry aware from a very young age of their future roles and different paths ahead of them.
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Taking part in the podcast Royally Obsessed, royal author Robert Lacey spoke of a remark reportedly made by Prince Harry as a child while sitting next to his brother in the back of the car.
The author said: “Prince William derived a lot of strength from the idea that he would be king, and have great responsibility.
“That kept him going, while Harry went the other way from around the age of four.
“Once Harry was misbehaving in the back of a car and his nanny told him to shape up.
“Harry responded by saying he didn’t need to shape up because he would not be king.”
Prince George turned seven on July 22 and in September started his third year at Thomas’s Battersea school.
At the exclusive institute, the little heir to the throne appears to be at ease and has become quite popular among his peers, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl.
She told OK! magazine in July: “From what I’m told, he doesn’t get teased at school.
“He’s actually very popular.
“Although he’s more introvert compared to his siblings, he’s an extremely kind little boy and has a gentle nature.”
Kate and Prince William’s firstborn also shares one major passion with Prince William, his love for football.
The expert added: “He’s also very impressive on the football pitch and before lockdown he was playing in an outside team regularly.
“The fact that he’s sporty and is a talented footballer has certainly boosted his popularity.”