He has never set fire to a wing of the 400-year-old palace where he lives or taken it upon himself to give his little sister Princess Charlotte a haircut while she peacefully slumbers, dreaming about Gan Gan’s tiara vault.
But despite the fact that the kid seems like a polite, sweet boy with a cheeky grin, he is already creating serious headaches for his parents, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Overnight the boy (who turns eight later this month) and his parents were back at Wembley Stadium for the second time in a fortnight to cheer on the English team in the Euro 2020 final, and for the second time in as many weeks, his choice of outfit was a divisive one.
There the little chap stood in the Royal Box, dressed in a suit and tie, looking like a tiny accountant or mid-level management consultant, while around him 65,000 Brits let loose in an eye-popping display of nationalist fervour and warm lager.
Now, it has emerged that William and Kate disagreed over what the boy should be allowed to wear for the big game, with his father keen on him donning an England jersey and his mother pushing back, The Telegraph reports.
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli told the paper, “Yesterday I had an afternoon tea with the Duchess and it was very much a discussion whether George will be allowed to wear the jersey tonight at Wembley or not.”
While William, a man who has been shoved into tiny Little Lord Fauntleroy suits since an intolerably early age, wanted his son in a far more casual but sporty get-up, Kate was “not so keen”.
Given George arrived suited, again, it’s obvious who won.
But there is a bigger picture here because this incident has exposed a fault line that runs through George’s childhood – and his alone. While he, Charlotte and brother Prince Louis are being raised side-by-side, his life and fate are wholly different to that of his siblings and that grim reality is starting to come into focus.
George will one day be king and with that inevitability comes a parental minefield for William and Kate with nothing short of their son’s happiness, and the future of the monarchy, at stake.
Tiny Suitgate was just the beginning.
While other little kids love spending hours daydreaming about what they will do when they grow up, George will have absolutely no say about his future: Not about the job he does, where he lives, or what religion he follows.
And that tension, between their deep-seated desire to give him as average an upbringing as possible, and his fate as a future monarch, is only going to become more pronounced and acute in the years to come.
He might enjoy a gilded, aristocratic upbringing but don’t mistake such handy access to polo ponies and the Royal Box at Wimbledon with an easy life.
You and I might not possess the keys to the Tower of London or be able to trace our lineage back to Agincourt, but we have something George will never, ever have – freedom and a say over our lives.
In 2019, to mark his sixth birthday, Kensington Palace released a series of images of him including one of him in an England jersey.
If there was ever a moment that perfectly encapsulates his strange existence it’s that he has formerly been allowed to wear a jersey in private but already at such a tender young age is barred from doing so in public.
That the little Prince, and he alone, faces this unrepentant, narrow future is something that George is reportedly already aware of.
According to royal biographer Robert, writing in the updated edition of his book Battle of Brothers, “sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little Prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve”.
How do they balance preparing their son for such a gargantuan role and the psychic weight of it with trying to give him as much ordinariness as possible?
How do you let a child dream and play and let their imagination run free when so much of their life is already set in stone? How do you give him what George wants and needs as a little boy with the cold, hard requirements of his future?
At the same time, it would be completely negligent on their part if they just spent the next 11 years pretending he was a completely average kid and then suddenly in adulthood he collided with the strictures and the brutal truth of being a full-time working member of the royal family.
In the future, how much will William and Kate be able to sustain the mirage of normality for their son when the clawing demands of the future kingdom start to dig in?
For example, William has been training to reign since he was 13-years-old when he was regularly yanked out of his nearby boarding school for Sunday afternoon tea with his grandmother the Queen at Windsor Castle where she began to prepare him for the throne.
(Which was just as her grandfather George V had done with her.)
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