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Prince William was in Vietnam last week, supporting a cause he’s passionate about, the fight against illegal wildlife trade. It was on a local talk show, Talk Vietnam, that the host got him talking about his family — and that’s when things got really personal.

“There’s wonderful highs and wonderful lows,” Will said about fatherhood, according to People. “It’s been quite a change for me personally. I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine, she’s an amazing mother and a fantastic wife.”

He did add that it hasn’t always been easy. “I’ve struggled at times. The alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing. I adore my children very much, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and about family just from having my own children.”

He called Prince George “a right little rascal, who “keeps me on my toes but he’s a sweet boy.” As for Princess Charlotte, he said that a daughter is a “very different dynamic” and he’s learning from having “a girl in the family.”

When a 10-year-old girl in the audience asked the royal how to protect wildlife and make a difference, he advised, “I worry about the future more. When you have something or someone in your life to give the future to, I think it focuses the mind more about what you’re giving them. ‘Are you happy that you’ve done all you can to leave it in a good state?'”

He continued: “I would like [my kids] to grow up with more simple aspirations. I think there’s a lot of huge aspirations and people living with an enormous amount of stuff that they don’t necessarily need. The materialism of the world — I find quite tricky sometimes.”

“I would like George and Charlotte to grow up being a little bit more simple in their approach and their outlook, and just looking after those around them and treating others as they would like to be treated themselves.”

Right?! That last little bit is a takeaway everyone should abide by. The world would be a nicer place. Of course, when you’re royalty and a member of one of the world’s richest families, it’s easy to say you want things simple and simpler, especially for your kids.

That being said, how’s that supposed to happen when his son is lined up to be king? Maybe it’s just another case of wanting what you can’t have. While wealth and fame and power and access to just about anything seems like the dream, in the case of the Royal Family it also comes great responsibility and pressure, something Will doesn’t seem to love. And since he knows his son best, he probably thinks George won’t love it either.

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