Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly told their eldest child, Prince George, about his future role as Britain’s king “sometime around his seventh birthday”, a royal author has claimed.
In his updated book Battle of Brothers, Robert Lacey – a historian and consultant on Netflix’s royals series The Crown – tells how the Cambridges wanted to bring up the subject at a “controlled moment of their choice”.
The couple had previously held off discussing his future life of royal service and duty as they wanted to give George as normal a childhood as possible.
“William’s aim as a father was to give his son a normal family upbringing, enabling the monarchy to stay relevant and keep up with modern times,” Lacey writes.
George turned seven on 22 July last year, which meant he wouldn’t have known about his future status when he posed in the “four monarchs” photo from December 2019 alongside his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth (now 95), his grandfather Prince Charles (72), and his father.
Over the past few years Wills and Kate (39) had reportedly started to prepare George and his sister, Princess Charlotte (6), about their future roles, explaining it like “a story book”.
“They’ve already talked to George and Charlotte about their future roles, but in a child-like way so that they understand without feeling overwhelmed,” a source told Daily Mail last year. “George knows there’s something special about him.”
George was spotted with his sister and their dad on the queen’s Sandringham Estate recently to kick off a half-marathon event.
They were also celebrating Father’s Day and William’s 39th birthday, which was the following day.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, tatler.com