The Queen's sweet advice to Prince William when he became a father

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child Prince Louis in April this year and since Kate returned from maternity leave in October, the pair have been juggling family life with royal duties.

The Duke gave up his role as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance  back in summer 2017 to focus on his duties and the family moved from their Norfolk home, Amner Hall to Kensington Palace, their permanent London residence. 

While William has been carrying out more official engagements on behalf of the Queen as she starts to take a step back, he faced criticism in the past, with some referring to him as a ‘part-time royal’ because he spends time away from the capital with his young family.

The Queen wants William to enjoy time with his family (Photo: Getty)

But according to filmmaker Nick Bullen, this traces back to the Queen, who gave William some advice when he first became a father to Prince George in 2013.

“There was a conversation we had with Prince William when we were making a film about the birth of George and he came straight from a meeting with the Queen, where the Queen had literally said to him, ‘just enjoy the children, enjoy your time, there is no rush,'” he tells Yahoo UK‘s The Royal Box.

“There was this sense that he needed to join the firm and start working properly.

The Queen and Philip with a young Charles and baby Princess Anne in 1951 (Photo: Getty)

“And the Queen had told him absolutely directly, ‘no, do what you need to do with your children, do what you need to do with your family and actually the real royal jobs will come in time.’

“I think that’s born out of what she didn’t have.”

Speaking from experience

Queen Elizabeth missed out on quality time with her eldest children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, leaving them at home when she and the Duke of Edinburgh went on official overseas visits.

She had unexpectedly became heir to the throne at the age of 10 when her Uncle Edward VIII abdicated and her father George VI succeeded him. But his death in 1952 meant Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25 and just a mere five years after she had married Philip.

The Queen was reportedly hurt by Charles allowing his autobiographer Jonathan Dimbleby to reveal that he felt “emotionally estranged” from his parents. It appears she doesn’t want William’s children to say the same about him.

She’s said to have a much closer relationship with her youngest children Andrew and Edward, who were born when she was much more established and confident in her role as monarch.

Nick Bullen is the founder of TrueRoyalty.TV.

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