Meghan and Harry’s “easier way of life” will offer future King George a different future, an anti-monarchy group says.
Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, said Megxit could tempt George away from tradition.
He told the Express: “George has to play the role of future king for his entire life, probably until what everyone else would consider retirement age – that’s not a particularly exciting prospect for a young man.
“I think he will be very torn about what he wants to do. [He will also look at Meghan and Harry] and go, well, that looks like more fun, and maybe I’ll do that instead.
“I just don’t know why, when George turns 18, he would look to the future and go, ‘Being like my dad and granddad for the next 40 years sounds like a great idea,’ when he’s got his uncle and cousins showing there’s an easier way of life.”
But George’s bond with his father has been well-documented.
And Kate and William are slowly and gently explaining to their eldest what his royal future holds.
“That really struck me after seeing George in his first grown-up suit with his parents at the Euros final in July,” says royal author Duncan Larcombe.
“People were asking why they hadn’t let him wear an England shirt ‘like a normal eight-year-old’.
“William was apparently keen on the idea, but it was Kate, the former commoner, who said no. She was showing George that being ’on duty’ requires a different approach… he has to learn to don the royal armour.
“That doesn’t mean hiding his personality or feelings though – so George was encouraged to leap up and celebrate England scoring, to roar and wave and hug his mum and dad like any normal lad. And even to shed a tear when it all ended in heartbreak.
“George is only just beginning to understand his destiny, but Kate has got the journey planned.
“And Prince William is George’s absolute hero. He thinks his dad’s the most perfect person on the planet.”
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