That’s why Prince William can be more relaxed in public than his dad. William is not expected to take the throne anytime soon, but he and the Duchess of Cambridge are already paving the way for their children to take on high-profile roles and duties.
Now, they are entering a new phase, where they are gradually bringing their children out in front of the traditional media and sharing their first formal engagements with them.
Seven-year-old Charlotte had her turn this week during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she was greeted by a traditional group, shaking hands and looking into the eyes of her hosts with confidence beyond her years.
She smeared from the stands as she watched the swim on Tuesday. Proving that she can be as mobile as her brother Louis, the princess was seen drawing a variety of funny faces throughout the day, as well as enjoying lively conversations with her parents.
Later, the trio watched the women of England take on India in hockey, and enjoyed some artistic gymnastics. The family also visited the athletics charity SportsAid, where Charlotte revealed that her favorite sport is actually gymnastics. This was at the back of the viral video wishing the English football team good luck in the Women’s European Final last weekend.
With each outing, we learn more about the next generation of Windsors. And seeing the family in less formal settings, where they combine their duties with some fun, the crowds are delighted to attend as are the royal watchers of the house.
Early fame is never easy, but members of the royal family have more experience than most in how to handle it. Prince William, in particular, suffers from memories of media interference from his childhood, when his mother, Diana, was the most sought-after personality on the planet. He knows where to draw the line with his family, and won’t let it be crossed.
For William and Kate, the challenge is striking the right balance. They understand that the family has to be seen in order to stay relevant, and that children have to get used to the spotlight, but they also believe they have the same rights as the rest of us to some privacy. It is also in the public interest for them to have a happy and stable upbringing to form the foundations of life in public service.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen during a visit to the 1851 Trust and Great Britain SailGP team in Plymouth, England on July 31. During the visit, Kate took to the water for activities aimed at educating young people about sustainability.