Prince William Reveals His Children Have Changed His Outlook On Becoming King: ‘I Think It’s Important’

Prince William has always given his focus to caring for his family. Despite eventually becoming king, William and his wife, Kate Middleton, have been doing their best to give their kids as normal of lives as possible. And a new documentary reveals how William sees his children fitting into the monarchy — and that “the family angle” is so “important” to him.  

Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton have protected their kids from royal fame

Since William and Kate started their family, they’ve been concerned about whether their children would be able to have normal lives. William and is brother, Prince Harry, grew up in the spotlight, and neither took well to the fame. Harry eventually left the royal family, but William doesn’t have that option so easily available. Rather, he and Kate are dealing with the fame and family separately, giving their kids a chance to be kids before subjecting them to the royal spotlight.

Kate has said in the past that she wants to emulate her own upbringing while raising her children. And though William and Kate can’t keep their little ones out of the spotlight forever, they have controlled how often their children appear. The two rarely allow the kids to attend public engagements, and they occasionally post the children on Instagram to give fans a glimpse at how the next generation of royals is growing up.

Prince William and Kate Middleton With Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince William and Kate Middleton With Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Pool/Sam Hussein/WireImage

William revealed that his children have affected the way he views taking the throne

William will inevitably become king, unless some kind of tragedy or abdication prevents him from doing so. With that, he’s had to figure out how he’s going to balance being a father with being one of the most important people in the world. And in a new documentary, William revealed that his kids have helped him realize that putting family first is important to ruling.

“I think it’s important, Mervyn, about the family angle. I really do,” William said to Mervyn Keeling, a Cornwall tenant, about inheriting the throne, per Yahoo. “I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do.” William noted that his kids have essentially helped him realize that his family should be an integral part of ruling rather than putting the family on the back burner.

In the same documentary, Prince Charles revealed that hearing his son’s take on putting family first “reduced him to tears.” Charles said, “I suddenly thought, well, just hearing that from him has made all the last 50 years worthwhile.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, in 2018.
Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, in 2018. | Samir Hussein/WireImage

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Fans think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should ‘rip a page’ out of William and Kate’s book

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have taken a different approach to parenting, opting to keep their son, Archie, out of the spotlight altogether. However, some fans feel that Meghan and Harry should take William and Kate’s approach in controlling how often the kids appear rather than pulling them out of the spotlight entirely.

“[William and Kate] allow the public to see the children… So they control the narrative and the opportunities for presenting the children. Harry and Meghan should have [taken] a page out of their book!” one user wrote under William and Kate’s recent Instagram post. The comment received more than 6,000 likes. It’s possible Meghan and Harry will eventually bring Archie into the spotlight when he’s a bit older, but for now, the two royal couples are doing parenting differently.