Prince William says his 6-year-old son is “obsessed” with farm equipment like tractors in a new ITV documentary special, Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall.
“I should have brought George today,” the Duke of Cambridge, 37, said while speaking with farmer Mervyn Keeling in the clip, according to Town and Country. “He would be absolutely loving this… He’s obsessed.”
It’s not just George, either. “My children are already, you know, playing on the tractors,” William added, of Princess Charlotte, 4, Prince Louis, 1. “It’s so important to get outside, and have the children understand nature.”
William was visiting the vast Dutchy estate that he’ll inherit on day when his father, Prince Charles, becomes King (and he, in turn, becomes the Duke of Cornwall).
Keeling has worked on the farm for his entire life, and told William he’s keen for the next generation to have a “good opportunity” to do the same.
“I think it’s really important, Mervyn, about the family angle,” William agreed. “I really do.”
Prince George, six, is third in the line of succession behind his father and grandfather. Prince George is the eldest child of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and older sibling of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Despite his young age, William and Kate have started to discuss what George and Charlotte’s roles will be in the future.
His parents have reportedly started teaching him about royal life and duties in readiness for him to one day become King.
A source told Closer Weekly: “William and Kate have already talked to George and Charlotte about their future roles, but in a child-like way so that they understand without feeling overwhelmed.
“George knows there’s something special about him and that one day he’ll be the future King of England.”
The Cambridge couple has been using storybooks to explain these future roles, according to the insider.
A source told US Weekly: “William talks to George about what being a royal means.
“He does so in a very simple manner because he doesn’t want his son to feel overwhelmed at such a young age.
“He’ll explain things as if he’s reading from a children’s storybook. So it’s fun for George.”
Prince George is probably one of the most famous children in the world right about now (other than my personal hero North West), and thats obviously because he's going to be King of England one day. But fun fact: This little dude was almost named something completely different.
“Courtiers insisted the pair had not found out the sex of their unborn baby, and friends close to the couple claim William wanted a surprise," royal reporter Katie Nicholl wrote in a recently resurfaced Vanity Fair report. "Although Kate apparently suspected it was a boy and had set her heart on the name Alexander, they had not yet decided what to call their firstborn.”
Meanwhile, Nicholl says that “Kate was reported to have affectionately referred to her bump as ‘our little grape’ while she was pregnant, and there was a flurry of betting on possible names.”
George is the name of Queen Elizabeth's late father, King George VI, but Alexander ended up being one of the prince's middle names, along with Louis—which Kate and William named their third son. In case you're curious, George's full, epically long name is.... *drumroll and trumpets*.... "His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge."