Prince George Picked Up a Very "Naughty" Christmas Habit from Prince William and Princess Diana

Prince George has a naughty habit of opening his Christmas gifts early. His father, Prince William, and his grandmother, the late Princess Diana, both had the same habit.

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It looks like one of our favorite young royals might be getting coal in his stocking at Christmas. Of course, he would open that coal by like December 15th at the latest.

Prince George (opens in new tab) has the "dreadful" habit of opening his Christmas presents early. But, it's not his fault; he inherited this habit from his dad, Prince William (opens in new tab), and his grandmother, the late Princess Diana (opens in new tab).

During a 2016 interview with KISS FM DJ AJ King (opens in new tab), Will tattled on George's habit of sneaking into his Christmas gifts early.

"I had a really nice chat with Prince William who told me that this was their last week at work, as it were, before Christmas," King said shortly after the interview, according to Hello! magazine (opens in new tab). "He said they were all really excited about it and that George is already opening his presents. He thought it a quite funny. That's kids for you, even the ones that are princes!"

Turns out, jumping the gun on opening Christmas gifts is a trait that runs in the family though. In a letter to a friend from December 1985, when Will was three years old (the same age, coincidentally, that George was when Will gave his own interview (opens in new tab) about the naughty list-worthy habit in 2016), Diana revealed that she and William were both guilty of opening gifts early.

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"I rushed home to open your Christmas present, which I thought was quite good considering the 25th is actually two weeks away!!" Diana wrote (opens in new tab) in the letter. "I could not resist opening my present, as a parcel of any shape or form has never been safe with me and I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places!"

Hopefully George knows he's in good company when it comes to this "dreadful" habit.

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