KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are ensuring eldest son Prince George does not feel the pressure of his future role as king, as he understands how he is “very different” to his siblings.
The young royal is said to be unconcerned by the fact that one day he will be king as his parents allow him to grow up in a healthy environment with his siblings. Royal expert and author of William And Harry: Behind The Palace Walls, Katie Nicholl, stressed the importance of Prince George’s upbringing, not only as a member of the Royal Family, but as the future heir.
Ms Nicholl said: “George is an absolute pleasure to be around and that’s down to his parents.
“They’re not raising him to be spoilt or to have an inflated sense of his own importance.
“He doesn’t get special treatment just because he’s the future heir.
“They make a point of ensuring their three children feel equal and that they’re all treated the same.”
Prince William ‘protects’ Prince George from heartbreaking experience he has been through (Image: Getty)
She added: “I think George understands, like William did from a very early age, that he’s different from his younger brother and sister and that he’ll have a different future.
“After all, he gets taken away to do photoshoots with Her Majesty the Queen, so he must notice he’s been singled out.
“But I don’t think William and Kate have made a big thing of saying to George, ‘One day you will be King.’
“They want to protect him from that moment, so it’s an idea that’s being introduced to him gradually.
Kate Middleton and Prince William are ensuring eldest son Prince George does not feel the pressure of his future role as king (Image: Getty)
“The true enormity of what his life will one day be isn’t something he’s fully aware of yet.”
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge were conditioned to protect George from feeling overwhelmed partly by Prince William’s own experience as a teenager as he understood the importance of his role in the Royal Family.
Ms Nicholl said: “As a young man, William really struggled with that notion of kingship.
“The realisation that he had no choice about which path his life would take, that he couldn’t become a doctor or a vet if he chose, weighed very heavily on him.”
The Duchess has previously spoken out about the importance of ensuring children do not feel alone with their mental health (Image: Getty)
“He got treated differently from his younger brother. When the boys went for tea with the Queen Mother, William would get the first choice of sandwiches or cake. It was all about William.
“I think that’s why Diana overcompensated in terms of her affection for Harry because she was very aware that he didn’t get the same attention William got.”
This experience may have reflected on his wife’s action too.
The Duchess has previously spoken out about the importance of ensuring children do not feel alone with their mental health.
She said: “Helping children to feel confident about seeking support can have a transformational impact on their lives.”
Prince George is also said to have good interactions with other children at his school (Image: Getty)
But Prince George is also said to have good interactions with other children at his school, Thomas’s Battersea in London.
Of his relationship with his classmates, Ms Nicholl said: “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.
“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.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK