Are Prince William and Kate Middleton Making A Mistake By Delaying Telling Prince George That He’ll Be King?

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s oldest son, Prince George, is third in the line of succession to the British throne behind his grandfather and father but as of now, he has no idea that he’s going to be king.

Here’s why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not told George about his destiny yet and why that could be a problem very soon.

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Why William and Middleton haven’t told George he will be king

George’s parents have decided to delay telling him about his future this early so he can have as normal a childhood as possible.

“As far as we are concerned within our family unit, we are a normal family,” William has said. “I love my children in the same way any father does, and I hope George loves me the same way any son does to his father.”

The duke continued, “We are very normal in that sense. There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in, in the world. But right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing as much love as I can as a father.”

It’s understandable that William and Middleton want to wait till George is older so he doesn’t have to focus on something he won’t fully understand for some time. However, they could run into a problem with their decision to wait.

Prince George
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The reason that choice could backfire

William knows firsthand that once George realizes his destiny he will have to go through years of training to prepare for it just as he did when he began training under his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“There has always been a special closeness between William and the Queen, and she has taken a particular interest in him,” Robert Lacey, royal historian and consultant to the hit Netflix series The Crowntold People. “It’s no secret that she and Charles have had a prickly relationship at times. When William became a teenager, she would have him at Windsor Castle and would open the state boxes and guide him through the papers. It was William’s constitutional education.”

By not telling him now though George’s parents run the risk that one of his classmates at school could end up revealing it. There’s always a possibility that it may have already happened too. Of course, that’s the last thing the duke and duchess would want to happen since they hope to be the ones to explain everything to him.

The young prince though could have already heard about it and either just brushed it off as kids sometimes do or is starting to figure things out on his own. Many royal watchers believe that the latter will be the case if he isn’t told soon.

“It will be, nevertheless, part of his upbringing both in terms of what he sees his parents and grandparents doing and probably quite soon a beginning of an understanding that he is in public life and what that means,” writer Catherine Mayer said.

On July 22, George celebrated his 6th birthday.

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