Prince William has had a lot of time to think about what it’s like growing up in the public eye. After all, that’s the situation he and his brother Harry have been in their entire lives. So it’s no wonder that now that William is a father, he’s thinking long and hard about the kind of lives he hopes Charlotte and George will have as they get older.
And while the royal hasn’t exactly predicted what their professions or aspirations will be, he is hoping that they get to experience some of the same things he’s experienced growing up.
“I’d definitely like to see George and Charlotte in Africa. They’d have a wonderful time. I can see George being a bit of a bum sometimes out in the conservation world with his bangles and his sandals,” William told British broadcaster ITV news recently. “But I think I’d love them to be interested in the subject and pursue the same sort of ideas and aims that I am.”
Recently the Prince announced (perhaps pushing back against rumours that he’s a “part-time royal”) that he’s been working hard behind-the-scenes to help save endangered animals, and has even launched an anti-poaching campaign alongside conservationist Lord William Hague.
“I didn’t want to get to 45 or 50 and sit back and say I could have said something about that issue but I didn’t because I worried about what people thought or said,” he said during that announcement. “If current trends continue, the last wild African elephants and rhinos will be killed before my daughter, Charlotte, reaches her 25th birthday.”
We dig it. Not only is the royal reminding us that he cares about the animals, but in a couple of quick publicity moves he’s also managed to remind the world that he’s a young father with other obligations too.
We’d call that a win-win.