Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already won hearts all over the world with their cheeky smiles, super cute waves, and adorable outfits.
Even though they were both in attendance and their great-grandmother’s official birthday celebrations in June, before the Trooping of the Colour, the two youngest members of the royal family hadn’t been spotted in public since Princess Charlotte’s christening.
This absence from the spotlight is a carefully made plan by Prince William, who along with Kate, is keen to ensure his children lead as normal a life as possible while growing up.
Prince William is also said to be determined to ensure that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have an up-bringing that is a world away from his own in front of the world’s media and public scrutiny.
“William doesn’t want George and Charlotte going through some of the experiences he went through growing up,” a source told Vanity Fair. “Everything he does regarding his family is very deliberate.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first decision to keep their children out of the spotlight was to move 100 miles from their official residence at Kensington Palace in London to the secluded Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
As a result, Prince William has also remained out of the spotlight slightly more than some of his other family members. He was widely criticised when it was revealed that last year William had carried out just 87 public appearances in Britain and 35 overseas (In contrast, his grandfather the 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh carried out 217 engagements at home and 33 abroad).
However, despite the widespread criticism and the risk that Prince William is taking in alienating himself from his wider family and from the public, it is a risk he is more than willing to take for his children.
Luckily, he also has his grandmother (who just so happens to be the Queen) on his side. The two have made a pact, along with his father Prince Charles, that will allow William to take a step back until it is his turn to take the throne. [READ MORE HERE]
“It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life, and in the country he can escape,” says a family friend. “The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”