Despite being third in line to the throne, behind his dad Prince William and grandad Prince Charles, it turns out Prince George may have a choice in whether he actually becomes king or not.
That’s according to leading child psychologist Emma Kenney, who has spoken about how the pressure of being a Windsor is affecting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son.
George, who turns five on July 22, will be “brought up with a dialogue” about his birth right, Emma, who recently spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle, says. Despite tradition dictating royal succession rules, Emma believes he’ll be able to decide whether royal life is for him.
And that’s all thanks to his progressive parents.
“I think [William and Kate] are the kind of parents that will say, ‘If this isn’t for you, then there’s a choice.’ And I genuinely believe that,” Emma tells Kate Thornton, during episode three of Yahoo’s The Royal Box series.
“I’m sure he will go down the traditional route [and become king] but I do think they would never take away his autonomy.
“There has been a whole generation within the royals at this age, the younger generation, that’s born of autonomy and choice. And whilst some accept it, I don’t think that necessarily will be the case forever. I think tradition has changed.”
Royal historian, and fellow The Royal Box guest Kate Williams agreed, predicting we could see a change in careers for the younger royals.
“We might see George becoming a doctor and training as a junior doctor and then, when he’s 40 or so, moving to become the heir-in-waiting,” she says.
“We know how much Prince William loved doing his job as a search and rescue pilot and Prince Harry loved being in the army – unfortunately he was exposed by the Australian magazine and had to come back from the theatre of war, which he is always devastated about.”
Kate adds that the public “loves to see” members of the royal family working. Both Prince William and Prince Harry have been labelled ‘work-shy’ by the public and media in the past, due to their seeming lack of royal engagements.
With that in mind, in years to come, holding down a ‘real job’ in addition to carrying out their assigned royal duties could well make George, Charlotte and Louis more popular with the public.
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