It's no surprise that Duchess Kate and Prince William have strived to raise their children as normal as possible. Similar to how Princess Diana treated Wills and Harry to fast food and forced them to wait in line at Disney alongside all the other park goers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want their children to have as normal of a childhood as possible both inside and outside of the palace.
This means that for the family of five, hand-me-downs are favored instead of designer duds, while Prince William and Duchess Kate often take turns with carpool duty. Their decision to send George to Thomas's Battersea in London was an unconventional choice for the couple, who forwent the traditional "Eton-style feeder" many royals have attended over the years.
Duchess Kate has reportedly been "adamant" about raising George, Charlotte and Louis her own way by "keeping stuffy royal protocol far from their apartment at Kensington Palace." And for the family, that includes keeping one big secret from their eldest child, now 5.
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According to reports, George, who is third-in-line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William, does not know that he is heir to the throne. And they plan to keep him in the dark for at least for a while to ensure that the youngster grows up without the stresses Prince William reportedly endured during his own childhood.
As reported by Marie Claire, Prince William has been known as the "reluctant king" due to the immense pressures he felt during his childhood and knowing about his future . There's a "time and a place" for Prince George to learn about his future, says Prince William.
Explained royal biographer Catherine Mayer to E! News in 2015: "With George they are trying to delay that moment of realisation and give him normality before they thrust this on him."
“But it will be, nevertheless, part of his upbringing both in terms of what he sees his parents and grandparents doing and probably quite soon a beginning of an understanding that he is in public life and what that means," she said.
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