The Real Reason Kate Middleton and Prince William Aren’t Bringing Their Children to Pakistan

It’s impossible to avoid comparisons between Prince William and Kate Middleton versus Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And now royal fans are wondering why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are choosing to leave their children behind for their royal tour to Pakistan.

This trip is important for several reasons, most of all that no British royal has visited the country in an official capacity for 13 years. Now all eyes are on Prince William and Kate Middleton as the pair embarks on a milestone journey that’s sure to be intriguing.

But their trip comes directly after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big Africa excursion. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to bring their infant son Archie along — so why aren’t Will and Kate doing the same?

Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Security will be a top concern for Prince William and Kate Middleton in Pakistan

The royal tour of Pakistan is being called monumental because of the sheer amount of planning that went into it. Kensington Palace called it, “the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations.”

There’s no getting around the fact that Pakistan has been seen in a negative light because of terrorist attacks, especially on civilians. But this trip is meant to help repair that image and boost the tourism industry again.

It’s one thing trying to keep the royal couple safe on their tour of the South Asian nation. But protecting their three kids too would be even more of a logistical nightmare.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Prince William and Kate Middleton have kids in school

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a logical reason to bring their baby along (especially if the Duchess of Sussex is still breastfeeding), Prince William and Kate Middleton have a lot more reasons to leave their children home. Prince George and Princess Charlotte would have to miss school to go on the trip. Not that it’s that big of a deal, but it just seems like there’s no point in it.

Also, anyone who has multiple kids can tell you that it’s a lot harder to travel with three children than it is to just bring one. If Meghan Markle has another baby next year like fans are predicting, they might choose to leave their kids home for future royal tours after expanding their family.

The Cambridge family
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Princess Charlotte would have enjoyed the cuisine

Though it would make sense for Prince William to be worried about the security threats in Pakistan, the only thing he’s really fretting over is the spicy cuisine. The Duke of Cambridge has gone on record saying spicy food does not agree with him, though he is willing to try it.

That’s in sharp contrast to his wife and daughter, however, who supposedly both enjoy spicy curry.

“It’s so hard cooking curry in the family. The children have a portion with no spice, yours is medium,” Middleton said to Prince William. “And I quite like it hot.”

Middleton also said Princess Charlotte’s palate is more like her mother’s, and that she’s “pretty good” with handling spicy fare. Maybe next time Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte can go on a culinary tour of Pakistan together and leave Prince William at home!