All the Ways Prince George’s Life Will Be Much Different Than His Friends’

Life as a member of the British royal family calls for an upbringing that is unlike that of the average kid. Even though Princes William and Harry grew up with more modern protocol, their childhoods were still marked by a specific set of rules. And for William’s young son, Prince George, some of those same rules will have to apply. Here are all the ways Prince George’s life will be much different than his friends’.

Living quarters

Prince George, Duchess Kate, Princess Catherine, and Prince William in the Royal Family Christmas Card 2015.

The neighborhood kids won’t be able to walk up to Prince George’s house to play. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

Some kids live in the same house all there life. Or maybe their family moves from a one house to the other. Such is not the case for Prince George, who will spend most of his life living in royal residences that are part of the family. Although some of his childhood has been spent at the Anmer Hall country home, that residence is still secluded from the public.

Next: When it comes to having a little ‘pocket change’…


Prince George and Princess Charlotte holding their mother's hands.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are sure to get a nice allowance. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The everyday kid gets an allowance depending on if they finish their chores or how well they do in school. But Prince George comes from a family that gets allowances from the monarchy. Although his father and uncle, Princes William and Harry, made salaries when they were each part of the military, they are given allowances to cover charity work and travel. Marie Claire reports that Prince Charles is the one responsible to divvying up the money — and he allegedly loves to give a little to his grandchildren.

Next: We doubt any of George’s friends were jet-setting at eight months old.

Family vacations

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their kids at an airport.

The royal family is used to doing a lot of traveling. | Julian Simmonds/Pool/Getty Images

A trip to Disneyland? Maybe a family camping excursion? These may be vacation destinations for Prince George’s friends. But for Will and Kate’s eldest kid, travelling with the family more than likely includes some kind of diplomatic work. (Give or take the occasional holiday weekend to go skiing and such.) Heck, Prince George went on his first international trip when he was just eight months old!

Next: Since we mentioned holidays…

Christmas time

Prince George eating a candy cane while holding his father's hand.

Prince George’s royal Christmas is anything but normal. | Andrew Matthews/AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to the holidays, the Windsors do things a little differently than others. Prince George and his little sister, Princess Charlotte, don’t get gifts on Christmas day like the other kids do. Instead, presents are given out on Christmas Eve, and the royal family spends Christmas day attending church and tuning in to the queen’s speech.

Next: If that sounds more like an obligation than a holiday, wait until you hear this.

After-school jobs

Prince Charles, Kate Middleton and Prince George playing with a butterfly.

Prince George will have his hands full with charity work and royal engagements. | John Stillwell/PA Wire

When any kid grows out of getting an allowance, it’s then time to focus on landing their first part-time job. (At least, that’s how many kids are.) But there will be no paper route or cashier job for Prince George. The young Cambridge is “going into the family business” and has been making public appearances since before he was a year old. Those appearances will become even more important as he gets older, since he’s currently third in line for the throne.

Next: While we’re on the subject of appearances…

Public scrutiny

Prince George and Princess Charlotte on Pippa's wedding day.

They might be unfairly judged by the media and public. | Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool/Getty Images

It doesn’t matter how young Prince George is. The press has already taken to critiquing how he acts in public settings. Sure, his friends from nursery school might have drawn side-eye from on-lookers if they had a toddler-like meltdown in public. But for George, anything he does can become international news.

Next: And, with being an international figure, comes…

A fight for normalcy

Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England.

Prince George will be raised to be a really cool royal. | Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Trying to maintain a seemingly normal life seems like it wouldn’t be possible for a royal. Lucky for Prince George, however, he has parents that want to give him the opportunity to live parts of his life just as his friends do. Even his uncle, Prince Harry, tries to serve as an example by carrying out everyday tasks like picking up his own groceries.

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