Most eight-year-olds look at life one moment at a time: when’s the next date? When is the next meal? But for an eight-year-old living in the UK, his whole life is mapped out for him as he sits third in line to the throne of the British monarchy. So when it comes to telling a little boy about his big destiny, where does a parent start?
For the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – parents of eight-year-old future king Prince George – the plan to tell George about his future was done very intentionally, worded ‘so he wouldn’t accidentally find out and be confused ,” reports the shimmer.
And he just discovered it around his seventh birthday in July 2020, says royal historian and biographer Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The inner story of a family in turmoil. This age was specifically chosen as a “controlled time of their choice”, he says.
“William hasn’t revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son,” Lacey said. “Perhaps one day George will tell us the story himself. But around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020, it is believed that his parents went into more detail about what the life of the future will be like” royal service and duty of the little prince would particularly imply.
This coordinated approach was in stark contrast to the way William himself discovered he would one day be king, reflecting “William’s annoyance at the haphazard way in which the whole matter of his royal destiny had buzzed around his head from the start,” Lacey said. .
That said, one of the cornerstones of William’s royal education, he did enjoying lessons on how to be a monarch from someone who knows a thing or two about it: his grandmother, the Queen, whom William regularly visited at Windsor Castle while a student at Eton College near.
“During his school days at Eton College, young Prince William would walk up the hill and come and have tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle and prepare for his future as King,” said the shimmer reports.
William has repeatedly said how much his grandmother’s influence helped him grow.
“There has always been a special closeness between William and the Queen, and she took a particular interest in him,” Lacey said. “When William became a teenager, she would have him at Windsor Castle and open the state boxes and walk him through the papers. That was William’s constitutional upbringing.
He probably hopes to take notes on this upbringing by passing on royal knowledge to his own heir.
“It’s been particularly important to me to have someone like the Queen to look up to and who’s been there and understood some of the more complex issues when you lose a loved one,” William told Sky News in 2016. , before Her Majesty at the age of 90. “So she was incredibly supportive and I really appreciated her guidance.”