Prince William Opens Up about Parenting

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Prince William spoke with Talk Vietnam during his recent trip to the Southeast Asian country about parenthood and raising Prince George and Princess Charlotte with Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middeleton.

“Well, as the other parents in the room will testify, there’s wonderful highs and there’s wonderful lows,” he told Talk Vietnam, during the interview. “It’s been quite a change for me, personally. I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine,” he said. “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.”

He spoke about how different it is raising a daughter. “Charlotte is, bearing in mind I’ve never had a sister, so having a daughter is a very different dynamic. So I’m learning about having a daughter and having a girl in the family.”

As for little George, Prince William admits, "[He's] a right little rascal sometimes. He keeps me on my toes, but he's a sweet boy."

"I worry about the future more. 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. I would like [my kids] to grow up with more simple aspirations. I think there's a lot of huge aspirations and people living with an enormous amount of stuff that they don't necessarily need. I would like George and Charlotte to grow up being a little bit more simple in their approach and their outlook, and just looking after those around them and treating others as they would like to be treated themselves."

-Devashree Goenka