Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are said to be in favour of giving their three children, and two youngest in particular, the most normal upbringing possible
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Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to raise their two youngest kids to have their own careers and not be “royal hangers-on”, a royal expert claims.
Despite the three royal children spending Christmas and special occasions with the Queen of England, their parents are keen on them forging their own career paths.
Their eldest son Prince George will be the heir to the throne after Prince William’s coronation so his “destiny is planned out”.
But the two youngest, Charlotte and Louis, will be expected to pursue a life outside of the Royal Family.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey says the couple want to “get the balance right” when it comes to Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Ms Tominey predicts they will follow in the footsteps of non full-time royals, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, who have started their own careers.
Speaking for the Telegraph’s Royal Insight series, Ms Tominey said: “[William and Kate] don’t want history to repeat itself and Prince Louis seem like a royal hanger-on and go down the Duke of York path.”
She made the comments while discussing Prince Charles’ long-awaited plans for a “slimmed-down” monarchy with just a handful of working royals.
“We might be seeing fewer royals in the future than we’re used to,” she said.
Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, still enjoy many privileges of royal family membership but have jobs outside of the monarchy.
They live in royal households with their husbands and children and still appear at royal dos, but they’re not paid by the Sovereign Crown.
The expert said: “In the next decade, everything is going to change.
“And in conjunction with the fact there are going to be fewer royals, is a recalibration of what it means it be a royal.’
“It’s probably a good idea for when Trooping the Colour happens, for us not to see such a vast array of royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
“It begs the question, who are all these people and what are they doing?”
Last week Prince William gave a rare glimpse into his family’s domestic life as he provided an update on youngest son Prince Louis.
The young royal just enjoys “playing outside the whole time”, the Duke of Cambridge said.
William talked about his children during an interview on BBC podcast Newscast, on which climate change ahead of his Earthshot Prize Awards at the weekend.
In the interview, the Duke shared his worries about his children’s generation who might still be talking about climate change in 30 years’ time, when it “will be too late”.
He was also asked if his oldest son Prince George, had started asking questions about what his impact on the planet is.
In July, it was reported that George was being packed off to the Royal County of Berkshire to attend school there.
The county is close to the family’s heart, as Kate’s parents own a seven-bedroom, Grade II listed property, Bucklebury Manor, in the area. Sophie and Prince Edward’s Bagshot Park residence is also in Berkshire.
Family-ties aside, it’s been speculated that the pair would like to send Prince George to school in the Berkshire countryside.
It was recently reported by The Daily Mail, that William and Kate had been enquiring about schools in the Berkshire area, as well as nearby real estate.
If they did decide to move to Berkshire, they’d have plenty of family and friends close-by.