It was his father Prince William’s wish that his royal bloodline be explained to him a little later in life than would normally be the case, according to author Robert Lacey.
The Duke of Cambridge is thought to have wanted to break the news to him gradually and give him a normal life for as long as possible, he writes.
In a new chapter of his book Battle of Brothers, Mr Lacey describes how ‘from George’s earliest days, William made no secret of his wish to spare his firstborn the casual initiation – or non-initiation – that he felt he had suffered as a child’.
The exact time the duke sat down with George to have the discussion is unknown, but it is believed to have taken place sometime around the young prince’s seventh birthday last July, the Mirror reports.
Mr Lacey picks out an interview William gave to BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, in which he said there was a ‘time and a place’ to explain to his son where he ‘fits in the world’.
He added: ‘Right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing as much love as I can as a father.’
The author also suggests that George had no idea why he was pulled away from a Christmas party to pose alongside his father, grandfather Prince Charles and great-grandmother the Queen for the historic ‘Four Monarchs’ photo in 2019.
He reports that the significance of the picture was not revealed, adding that the youngster merely thought he was going to spend some time with Her Majesty – or ‘Gan-Gan’.
Mr Lacey writes: ‘William’s aim as a father, the prince stressed, was to give his son a “normal family upbringing’ enabling the monarchy to ‘stay relevant and keep up with modern times”.’
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