The Duke of Cambridge said being a father has made him more emotional, and that he gets affected more by world news. He said: “Now, the smallest things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father. Because you just realise how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective.”
Then he added: “The idea of not being around to see your children grow up and stuff like that.”
Of course, the prince was referring to all the tragic events that happen around the world that cause someone to lose a parent ‒ but he also appeared to be alluding to the death of his own mother Diana.
The Princess of Wales died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997 when William was 15 years old, and his younger brother Prince Harry was just 12.
This means she never got to see William go to university, she never got to witness both her sons’ military careers, weddings and babies.
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She never got to meet her daughters-in-law Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle, or to cuddle her grandchildren George, Charlotte, Louis and Archie.
This must be hard to think about, especially when William and Harry think about their own children now.
William’s comments were made to TV presenters Ant and Dec during an ITV documentary about the Prince’s Trust in 2015.
At the time, George was just two years old and Charlotte was a baby.
In this way, William was still thinking about seeing his children growing up and looking forward to his future with them.
Prince Charles appeared to back up the idea that Charlotte was an “easy” baby when he revealed a big difference between George and his younger sister.
He threw a tea party for pilots and aircrew who fought in World War Two in 2015 and the topic turned to grandchildren.
He revealed that Charlotte was “much easier on mum” than George because she slept through the night as a baby.
One of the tea party guests, Geoff Bradly, said afterwards: “We were talking about grandchildren, he was saying Princess Charlotte does sleep through the night and it was much easier on mum than Prince George.”
Now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children: George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two.
All three had their birthdays during the coronavirus lockdown and William and Kate released adorable pictures of each of them.
Louis is the first male royal ever to be below his sister in the line of succession, after the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
This law replaced the male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, putting sons and daughters on an equal footing and bringing the Royal Family into the modern age.
The same law also allowed people in the royal succession to marry Catholics and even reinstated those who had been previously struck off for marrying Catholics.