The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, do seem to make parenting two toddlers look quite easy as they make appearances on the regular looking prim and perfectly poised. Prince William, however, has recently opened up about the truth behind this smooth exterior that he and Kate display and notes that parenting is quite challenging for even he and his beautiful bride.
The royal who is second in line for the throne, got candid while on a trip to Vietnam where he attended the third International Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. He spoke about what he has learned over the past few years as a husband and now father of two and how the Duchess has supported him.
Vanity Fair shares the words of Prince William.
“Well, as the other parents in the room will testify, there’s wonderful highs and there’s wonderful lows. It’s been quite a change for me, personally. I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine[Kate Middleton]. She is an amazing mother and a fantastic wife. But I’ve struggled at times, the alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing,” he continued.
“I adore my children very much and I’ve learned a lot about myself and about a family, just from having my own children and it’s amazing how much you pick up from just in those moments.”
The young royal also spoke about how different it is to be raising a daughter especially seeing as he never had a sister, noting that “having a daughter is a very different dynamic.” The Prince continued that raising Charlotte is something he is learning all about. When it comes Prince George, the Duke candidly shares, “He keeps me on my toes. But he’s a sweet boy,” adding that the pre-schooler is a bit of a “rascal.”
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William and Kate have made headlines over the years for their constant pushing of boundaries in regard to royal traditions. The adored couple has struck the perfect balance as modern day parents, raising their children as “normally” as possible, while also doing their duties as members of the British monarchy. William went on to share how he intends to raise his children with an awareness of the world around them and an “anti-materialistic lifestyle.”
“I think there’s a lot of huge aspirations and people living with an enormous amount of stuff that they don’t necessarily need. The materialism of the world I find quite tricky sometimes,” he said.
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The Prince then added that he is now more concerned about the future and has worries and concerns in this regard since becoming a father, stating “When you have something or someone in your life to give the future to I think it focuses the mind more about what you’re giving them, and are you happy that you’ve done all you can to leave it in a good state.”
As Us Weekly relays, the television interview which William gave during his trip to Vietnam on the program Talk Vietnam, was a rarity and his final engagement for the visit. The two-day trip was brief but the heir to the throne relayed that he was very impressed by the individuals he met while there. He concluded his chat by calling on youths to join him in becoming global leaders for conservation and to “really champion this cause.”
Prior to this, on Thursday, Prince William spoke at the Hanoi Conference and he urged the governments of 40 countries to act to save vulnerable species “before it is too late.”
Vietnam has become a large global hub for illegal trade of animal products from Africa which include ivory, rhino horn, and tiger and bear parts. They usually are smuggled over to other Asian nation markets, such as China.
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