Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Keen to Downplay Prince George’s Future as King

They’re more concerned, at least right now, with him being a kid.

Prince George
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Prince George, who just turned nine a week ago today, knows that he is third in line to the throne and that, one day, he will be king. But his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are intent on not making a big deal about it, The Mirror reports.

“William struggled with [knowing his destiny] when he was a young man, and he’s very keen George doesn’t experience that same sense of burden from an early age,” royal expert Katie Nicholl tells OK!, per The Mirror. “George understands the order of succession, and he knows that one day he will be king, but he also knows that’s a long way in the future. It’s not made into a big deal.”

To mark his ninth birthday last week, mom Kate released a photo of the future king to mark the occasion. And George has made more public appearances recently than ever before, joining his parents (and often his little sister, Princess Charlotte) for great-grandfather Prince Philip’s memorial service in March, multiple appearances at June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations for his grandmother, the Queen (including a walkabout in Cardiff, Wales), and, most recently, taking in his first Wimbledon appearance alongside his parents earlier this month. According to Nicholl, William and Kate carefully select which events to bring George to, as they want him to be at ease, knowing he is a bit more reserved than his more rambunctious younger siblings.

“He’s not as outgoing or as extroverted as his sister or little brother, but he seems quite comfortable taking on the few public duties he’s done,” she says. “The engagements that William and Kate have brought him to are things where George is going to feel comfortable.”

It’ll be a long time before George is king; right now, let him be a kid.

Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.