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Old 06-03-2017, 04:12 PM
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Thanks for posting the entire interview. The snippets make way more sense now in the context of the whole interview.
GEnuine question, but where is the full interview? Ive looked on here and cant find it. There is a link to an article in the Standard but that doesnt seem to be the full interview.

Ive looked on GQ and you have to pay/download an app.
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Old 06-03-2017, 04:16 PM
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^^^ It was removed because of copyright. Great interview though.
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Old 06-03-2017, 04:25 PM
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Thank you. Thought I was having a senior moment!
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Old 06-03-2017, 06:00 PM
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Do be sure to look it up cepe..it's the best one I've read yet.


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Old 06-03-2017, 06:32 PM
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Do be sure to look it up cepe..it's the best one I've read yet.


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It is a very good interview from William and without any limitations.
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Old 06-03-2017, 06:43 PM
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I read a snippet of William's interview from GQ's website and I thought it was a great interview, William gave really good answers. I particularly liked his thoughts on George:

"I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life."

I think I'll have to purchase a copy of the magazine, because it seems like one worth buying.
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Old 06-04-2017, 06:13 AM
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The princes, particularly William as Harry always appeared as more a prince of the people, although of course appearances can often count for nothing, have been extraordinarily frank and open. It's like a veil has been lifted off! I think their own involvement with the HeadsTogether Trust has helped them more than they could have anticipated or expected. Win Win all round!
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Old 06-04-2017, 08:41 AM
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With the Queen, she basically grew up within the palace walls, Charles was sent in boarding school but it was still kind of formal, he didn't develop close childhood friends, William was sent to private school as a toddler developed long friendships from his school mates, sent on a gap year with various activities with other people his age, university of his choice, military career and then air ambulance job. He has been exposed to more regular people at this point in his life then his father and grandmother would have been. We see George going down a similar path as William but with girls included in his schooling compared to the boys only schooling of William.
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Old 06-04-2017, 10:27 AM
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Excellent points Skippyboo and IMO the differences between the educational environments of QEII, the PoW and William are striking. William and Harry have had more opportunities to be introduced to the life that most Britons live because of their education and post-school years.
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With the Queen, she basically grew up within the palace walls, Charles was sent in boarding school but it was still kind of formal, he didn't develop close childhood friends, William was sent to private school as a toddler developed long friendships from his school mates, sent on a gap year with various activities with other people his age, university of his choice, military career and then air ambulance job. He has been exposed to more regular people at this point in his life then his father and grandmother would have been. We see George going down a similar path as William but with girls included in his schooling compared to the boys only schooling of William.
Yes, that is true. I do believe that Charles and Diana tried to give their sons as normal lives as possible, since Diana in particular (without wanting to turn the thread into a discussion about her) tried to give William and Harry 'normal' experiences, like visits to theme parks etc. I think it's great that royal children now are being exposed to regular life, as it will enable them to relate to the people more. Royal children in the past, for example, would not have been able to relate to school experiences, since most of them were tutored and in the case of the future kings and queens, were mostly taught about how to rule. So they couldn't discuss school life with their subjects when they were in the appropriate situation.
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Just want to add that Charles also went to university, and he also served in the Navy including (eventually) captaining a ship. He would have met and had to lead men from all walks of life.

I think that experience led him to develop the Princes Trust - helping young people who did not have his advantages.

I think he understood that exposure to a wider community was benefical to his children.
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:04 AM
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Wiliam has said he doesn't want George to live behind palace walls which is all well and good. He (William, having done so, the Diana influence during his first decade and a half aside) obviously loved the alternate home life Kate's Bucklebury had to offer. George also has to understand life behind palace walls, he will be King one day, assuming he outlives his grandfather and father.
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The time for George to learn about being King is later when he can understand it. It's not now. He needs to be a kid now and be treated like a regular kid. He probably doesn't know that he is Prince and that Gan Gan is Queen. He isn't going to comprehend that when his great grandmother, grandfather and father die, he will be King.
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Charles and Diana obviously had their issues as parents, but I think they did strike a good balance between letting William and Harry have as many normal experiences as possible, while making it clear that they weren't going to have normal lives. William went to school, developed his own interests, chose his own university, etc, but he wasn't hidden away from the official obligations of royal life. He went with his parents to various events from a young age and certainly by the time he was a teenager he knew how to behave appropriately in any public situation.

It sounds like we'll see very much the same approach with George and Charlotte.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:29 AM
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Great photo of Wiliam and George. Lovely father son shot

Charlotte kind of seems like an after thought. It's like a portrait of the other two and she is landscape. All focus of the photographer and William are on George. Same with the full family photo. Your eyes are drawn to the proud parents watching George, and to him as his head is front. And then to Lupo. And then Charlotte.

Great quality shots. Beautiful. But odd focus. Even more evident in this one.
Although only two Charlotte already comes across as a little lady who does her own thing! This is a snap in time; thinking Lupo has just run past her or something else has caught her attention to make her laugh. George obviously under the feet of the photographer until the snap was taken seconds later as he comes into view with mum and dad. Only my assessment!
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The time for George to learn about being King is later when he can understand it. It's not now. He needs to be a kid now and be treated like a regular kid. He probably doesn't know that he is Prince and that Gan Gan is Queen. He isn't going to comprehend that when his great grandmother, grandfather and father die, he will be King.
By the time William started school, aged 4, and Charles even younger they were both well aware that they would be King so I am sure that George understands that as well. What that will mean in the long term is still something to learn in the future but he would be well aware that not all children go onto the balcony at BP and that his grandmother's image is everywhere.
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By the time William started school, aged 4, and Charles even younger they were both well aware that they would be King so I am sure that George understands that as well. What that will mean in the long term is still something to learn in the future but he would be well aware that not all children go onto the balcony at BP and that his grandmother's image is everywhere.
I agree. Its probably not something that you get sat down and told. More probably something that you learn more and more as you grow up. Kind of like you usually are not told your name, it's just something you pick up on the way :P
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Just want to add that Charles also went to university, and he also served in the Navy including (eventually) captaining a ship. He would have met and had to lead men from all walks of life.

I think that experience led him to develop the Princes Trust - helping young people who did not have his advantages.

I think he understood that exposure to a wider community was benefical to his children.
To his credit, Charles has made concerted efforts at various times throughout his life to have experiences that might give him a better idea of what a "regular" life is like.

But my impression is that his experiences out in the "normal world" haven't had much chance at giving him a very accurate experience of normalcy. In some cases, like Gordonstoun, he was spitefully held at arms length due to his title. In others (Cambridge, large portions of his Naval career) he was given a very customized/insulated experience, partly in deference to his title, but partly for practical reasons. He had to be available to leave quite often to carry out royal duties. And his time at the university and in the military was first and foremost supposed to prepare him for being King, not really to help him get to know commoners. He has pointedly sought out experiences "close to the land" from time to time, one has to wonder how honest of an experience his hosts actually gave him (and I do think he hoped for honest, warts-and-all experiences)...or how much they quietly edited the schedule of duties because he was a prince. Or because sometimes it's just easier to do certain tasks without unskilled, volunteer "help."

I don't blame anyone for the way that many of his non-Royal experiences were kept relatively artificial. The BRF was feeling its way into new territory with his upbringing. At some point, there has to be a circle of separation between a prince and a greedy world of people trying to take advantage of him. They took a big step by having Charles spend more time outside palace walls at a young age, but built in separations almost as tightly protective (giving him special rooms and a non-standard course of study at Cambridge, for example) which ultimately kept his fellow students and sailors at a distance. Back in the 80s and 90s, Charles used to sound quite bitter about that stage in his life. His own description of seems to be that he was in those places without really being part of the community.

But the BRF seems to have learned lessons from his experience and tweaked their approach going forward. With Andrew and Edward, and then even more so with William and Harry, they have found different ways of building "walls" outside the bounds of their schools or military assignments, so that within that protective circle the princes can still have a somewhat typical experience at their schools or jobs.

It will be interesting to see if William carves out even larger space for his children to move around in relative normalcy, or if his comments simply mean that he wants George and Charlotte to have an upbringing more like his own than his father's.
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Lovely photo of a girl and her Mom: http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id696867122.
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