Wills recently made his first ever trip to Vietnam, attending the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. He chatted candidly to Talk Vietnam about family life, Kate and how things had changed since becoming a dad and husband.
He spoke frankly about making the adjustment from Prince-about-town to husband and dad.
“Well, as the other parents in the room will testify, there’s wonderful highs and there’s wonderful lows,” Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge laughed when asked about Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
“I’ve struggled at times (with) the alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life changing,” he said.
“I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine. She is an amazing mother and a fantastic wife.”
Wills said the little Prince and Princess are a delight as well as a challenge.
“I adore my children very much and I’ve learnt a lot about myself and about a family, just from having my own children. It’s amazing how much you pick up from just in those moments,” he said.
“George is a right little rascal sometimes. He keeps me on my toes, but he’s a sweet boy.”
He said that having a daughter presented some unfamiliar dynamics.
“Charlotte, bearing in mind that I haven’t had a sister, so having a daughter is a very different dynamic. I’m learning about having a daughter and having a girl in the family,” William explained.
“It’s wonderful, it’s fantastic. You’ve got to make the time for the family.”
(Head to the 32 minute mark to see Wills talk about being a dad)
The Prince also revealed that when he started crawling, a milestone that happened on a trip to Australia, dad Prince Charles nicknamed him ‘wombat’ because he bore a resemblance to the clumsy creature.
William hopes that as they grow, George and Charlotte focus on authenticity and the wellbeing of the planet. Despite his obvious privilege, he hopes to steer them away from the more materialistic things.
The Prince also said that his interest in wildlife and the natural world is something he hopes to pass on to his own children, and that being a parent has distilled his passion for environmentalism.
“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, and are you happy that you’ve done all you can to leave it in a good state.”