The Duke of Cambridge has spoken to CNN's Max Foster in his most candid interview to date – read on for his opinion on nappies, Duchess Kate's mummy skills and how he really sussed out that car seat...
Prince William might be the future king, but he still struggles with a baby car seat like any new dad.
The first glimpse of the Duke of Cambridge’s intimate interview with CNN has been shared online and shows the royal talking openly about his newborn son, life with Kate, and that all-important St Mary’s Hospital photo shoot for the very first time.
And while we already knew that Prince William isn’t your typical royal, seeing him talk about his desire to be independent has made us realise he’s a lot more normal than we could ever have imagined.
The new dad’s interview with CNN’s Max Foster entitled ‘Prince WIlliam‘s Passion: New Father, New Hope’ will air on 15 September, and sees the Duke discuss his family for the very first time since he became a parent.
He says: ‘He’s a little bit of a rascal, I’ll put it that way. He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure, but he’s doing very well at the moment. He’s growing quite quickly actually. But he’s a little fighter – he wriggles around quite a lot and he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much.’
It’s been four weeks since Prince George made his grand exit from St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where the world’s media camped for days hoping for a glimpse of the future heir.
Prince William said: ‘I think more shock was the feeling I felt, but I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine, about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him.
‘As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything. It’s nice that people want to see George – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through.’
So how did he master the car seat? He adds: ‘Believe, me it wasn’t my first time, and I know there’s been some speculation about that. I had to practice, I really did – I was terrified it was going to fall off or the door wasn’t going to close properly.’
The Duke chose to drive the Duchess and his newborn son home from the hospital, in a move which shocked – and also touched – royal family fans, and he adds that the decision to do so was ‘really important’ to him.
He says: ‘I am as independent as I want to be, same as Catherine and Harry. We’ve all grown up differently to other generations and I very much feel if that I can do it myself, I want to do it myself. There are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over, or it’s appropriate to do things differently. But I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me.’
But our favourite quote of all? The one where soppy Wills talks about his new little family and how his pup Lupo has adapted. He adds: ‘For me, Catherine and now little George are my priorities – and Lupo. He’s coping all right, actually. As a lot of people know who have got dogs and bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but he’s been all right so far. He’s been slobbering around the house a bit, so he’s perfectly happy.’
What an adorable bunch.