During a trip to Vietnam, Prince William got uncharacteristically candid during an appearance on a local talk show, admitting he sometimes struggles with his role as a parent.
“There’s wonderful highs and wonderful lows,” he tells the English-language show “Talk Vietnam”. “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.”
The Duke Of Cambridge made his first trip to Vietnam this week to urge the country to step up their fight against the illegal wildlife trade. The Asian country is a major transit hub when it comes to the trafficking of endangered ivory and rhino horns, typically used in traditional medicines.
The father of two acknowledges that taking on parenting duties hasn’t always been easy for the 34-year-old royal.
“I’ve struggled at times. The alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing,” he says in the interview posted to Facebook. “I adore my children very much, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and about family just from having my own children.”
During his visit, Prince William refers to 3-year-old Prince George as a “right rascal,” admitting, “he keeps me on my toes but he’s a sweet boy.” As for the 18-month-old Princess Charlotte, he says, “I haven’t had a sister, so having a daughter is a very different dynamic. So I’m learning about having a daughter, having a girl in the family.”
A 10-year-old girl in the audience asked the Duke of Cambridge for his advice on how to make a difference in the world.
“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? I would like [my children] 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,” he replies.
“The materialism of the world — I find quite tricky sometimes,” he says. “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.”