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Prince George a 'rascal', says new dad Prince William

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UK's Prince George is a 'bit of a rascal'

In his first television interview since becoming a father, Prince William opens up about diaper changes, sleepless nights and managing baby George.

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London: Mum and dad are sitting in the garden, dad with one arm around mum, one arm around the (slightly jealous) dog, and mum holding the couple's newborn son.

It could be any family portrait, except young George is third in line to the throne, and dad's second.

"We've all grown up differently to other generations. And I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself." 

The young royals have continued their break with tradition, with the first official portrait of the new heir taken by a family member and looking almost like they were done on Instagram.

Happy family: William and Catherine with baby George in the first official photos of the new prince.

Happy family: William and Catherine with baby George in the first official photos of the new prince. Photo: Supplied

In fact they were taken by Prince George's grandfather, Michael Middleton, early this month in the garden of the Middletons' family home in Bucklebury, west of London.

Kensington Palace released the photos on Monday night under a strict embargo which was, naturally, immediately broken by various online sources who had nothing to lose.

There were two: one of the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke, and baby, and another adding a retriever called Tilly (a Middleton family pet) and the couple's cocker spaniel Lupo.

William and Catherine pose in the garden of the Middleton family home.

William and Catherine pose in the garden of the Middleton family home. Photo: Supplied

Prince William has given his first interview since becoming a father, telling CNN his son was "a little bit of a rascal".

"He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I'm not sure, but he's doing very well at the moment."

In the interview, an excerpt from a longer documentary to be released later this year, he also revealed the young prince "doesn't want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy, Prince George of Cambridge, to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in July.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy, Prince George of Cambridge, to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in July. Photo: AFP

"At the moment the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not have to change his nappy so many times."

He said Kate was taking more of the nighttime duties than he was – but he was still looking forward to going back to work (at a search and rescue unit in Wales) where he hoped to get some sleep.

The informal nature of the pictures has caused some to comment on the modernisation of the royals. William said it was not a publicity ploy, just an example of how he and his wife wanted to live their lives.

"I'm reasonably headstrong about what I believe in," he said.

"Where I can be, I am as independent as I want to be. And same as Catherine and Harry.

"We've all grown up differently to other generations. And I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself. And there are times where you can't do it yourself and the system takes over or it's appropriate to do things differently."

He said Kate was doing a "fantastic job" and he felt fatherhood had already changed him.

"The last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience," he said. "Something I never thought I would feel myself ... a lot of things affect me differently now."

51 comments

  • Well that's sweet, I think they'll be great parents. A bit of humility goes a long way.
    The trick to parenthood is to surrender, and make it fun.

    widdwe wascawy wabbit, wanna give him a big SMOOGE.

    Commenter
    sarajane
    Location
    melbourne
    Date and time
    August 20, 2013, 7:38AM
    • Well that noice SJ.

      But this is not news, I find it rather annoying.

      WOMAN HAS BABY!

      I demand the SMH gives me access to a button so I do not have to put up with any news from the English Royals.

      Commenter
      Thaddeus
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 10:05AM
    • WHINGER COMPLAINS, AGAIN!!

      Commenter
      Ken
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 2:06PM
    • Ken - if its good enough for the guardian then it should be good enough for the smh.
      I knows there's a 20% hard core of people that just love to inflict the english monarchy upon us.
      But really please leave the celebrity baby and marriage stories to the womens magazines.

      Commenter
      Thaddeus
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 5:06PM
    • I'm pleased to see that despite all the money and fame they are hands on instead of letting nannies do all the hard stuff. Good on them. George "doesn't want to go to sleep that much" - sounds like a typical new baby! :)

      Commenter
      happy for them
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 6:43PM
  • William is a great example to Dad's everywhere. Willing to be actively involved, helpful at the birth, sacrificing sleep, changing the "stink bomb's", and proud as punch to boot!

    But I still think he rehearsed getting that car seat in so easily!

    Commenter
    James Iz
    Location
    Hobart
    Date and time
    August 20, 2013, 8:29AM
    • It must be difficult changing and feeding a baby that has a silver spoon sticking out of every orifice.

      Commenter
      Noodles
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 9:16AM
    • Noodles don't be soo passive aggressive. It's great to see William taking such a hands on role. Yes he was born a royal and yes he was born to priviledge. So what? he's just telling his own story here and living the life he was given the best way he can. People can just be so jealous / envious / upset at other people's good fortune in life.

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 12:36PM
    • According to the news this morning here in NZ, Wills said that he had practiced doing the car seat several times before actually doing it for real!

      Commenter
      Melinda-Lee
      Location
      New Zealand
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 1:49PM
    • The only value of this "news" article is that it gives me an opportunity to enjoy reading so funny comments like the ones by Noodle and The Dog Stanmore.

      Commenter
      also a parent
      Location
      MLB
      Date and time
      August 20, 2013, 2:39PM

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