Prince William – my son George is a “little bit of a rascal”

The Duke of Cambridge reveals the personal "high" of becoming a father in his first TV interview since the birth of his son

In his first interview since the birth of Prince George, The Duke of Cambridge has talked about the “high” of becoming a father – even if he does described his son as a “rascal”.


In an interview with ITV, Prince William recalls the moment he introduced the new baby to the world’s media outside St Mary’s Hospital in July.

“I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine, about George, that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him. As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything.”

Of his new son, the Duke says: “He’s a little bit of a rascal, put it that way. So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I’m not sure. But he’s doing very well at the moment. He does like to keep having his nappy changed.

“He’s growing quite quickly, actually. But he’s a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot. And he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem.”

As a patron of Tusk Trust, which seeks to improve animal conservation in Africa, Prince William says he wants to imbue the same passion for the continent into his son.

“At this rate I’ll probably whisper sweet nothings in his ear. I’ll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room. We’ll cover it in sort of, you know, lots of bushes and things like that. Make him grow up as if he’s in the bush.”

The programme, Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope, will air on ITV on Sunday 15 September.