Prince George may be third in line to the British throne, but his parents are said to be determined to provide him with a normal upbringing.
“Kate [Middleton] and [Prince] William want George to have a normal life,” a source said Wednesday, adding that they “don’t want him to grow up too quickly.”
The family’s search for normalcy for the 8-year-old, according to the outlet, extends beyond the palace.
“At school, he is simply known as George and is not called Prince George,” an insider revealed. “He hangs out with kids his own age. Kate and William do not lavish him with expensive gifts, nor do they overindulge him… Every morning, George makes his bed.” According to the source, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want their children to be respectful to everyone they meet.
“All of the children have impeccable manners and always say please and thank you,” according to the source. “[The duke and duchess are] raising their children to be polite and not to take their position for granted.”
“The royals are renowned for being ‘stiff upper lip,’ but William and Kate have a more modern approach to parenting and are moving away from that mentality,” said the source.
“Open communication is key for them. … [But they] set boundaries and have rules in place,” added the insider.
George’s proud parents recently shared a new photo of him to commemorate his eighth birthday on July 22. Middleton, 39, is well-known for photographing her children for the royal family. Royal author Robert Lacey, who also serves as an official consultant on Netflix’s “The Crown,” previously claimed that William and Middleton informed George of his royal title “around his seventh birthday.”
Lacey’s book, “Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Troubled Family,” has been updated with new chapters and material. The British historian addressed the royal family’s ongoing problems in the original book, which was published in 2020.
“William has not revealed to the world how and when he told his son the big news,” Lacey wrote. “Maybe George will tell us the story one day. However, it is believed that around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020, his parents went into greater detail about what the little prince’s future royal “service and duty” would entail.”
“William’s goal as a father, the prince emphasized, was to give his son a ‘normal family upbringing,’ allowing the monarchy to ‘stay relevant and keep up with modern times,” Lacey added.
William, 39, met Middleton at St. Andrews University. The couple married in 2011 at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony that was televised around the world. After his father, Prince Charles, William is second in line to the British throne. William has participated in a number of charitable activities, projects, and official duties in support of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, over the years.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. In April, the couple celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary by releasing photos and a video of their family at play. Kensington Palace is the family’s official residence.
William and Middleton launched their YouTube channel in May, where they document their responsibilities as senior members of the royal family.