This is why Prince William can afford to be more relaxed in public than his father. William isn’t expected to take the throne anytime soon, but he and the Duchess of Cambridge are already laying the groundwork for their children to take on bigger roles and duties.
Now they are entering a new phase, gradually bringing their children before the mainstream media and involving them in their first official engagements.
Seven-year-old Charlotte had her turn this week at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she was greeted by a traditional line-up, shaking hands and looking her hosts in the eye with a confidence beyond her years.
She caused a stir from the stands as she watched the swimming on Tuesday. Proving she can be as lively as her brother Louis, the princess was seen making various funny faces throughout the day, while enjoying lively conversations with her parents.
Later, the trio watched the England women take on India in hockey and practiced artistic gymnastics. The family also paid a visit to athletics charity SportsAid, where Charlotte revealed her favorite sport was actually gymnastics. It was at the back of her viral video wishing the England football team well for the European Women’s Final last weekend.
At each outing, we learn a little more about this new generation of Windsor. And seeing the family in less formal settings, where they combine their duties with fun, delights the crowds in attendance as well as royal watchers at home.
Early stardom is never easy, but members of the royal family have more experience than others in how to handle it. Prince William, in particular, is scarred by memories of media intrusion from his own childhood, when his mother, Diana, was the most wanted personality on the planet. He knows where to draw the line with his own family, and he won’t allow it to be crossed.
For William and Kate, the challenge is to find the right balance. They are aware that family must be seen to stay relevant and that children must get used to the limelight, but they also believe that they have the same rights as all of us to some privacy. It is also in the public interest that they have a happy and stable education to form the basis for a life in public service.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is seen during a visit to the 1851 Trust and the Great Britain SailGP team in Plymouth, England, July 31. During the visit, Kate took to the water in activities aimed at educating young people about sustainability.