While on a visit to Panbari village on day four of the royal tour, the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, admitted to missing her two children. Prince William and Kate followed up their tour of Kaziranga National Park by meeting with locals at the village on Wednesday morning (Apr. 13), where they revealed the real reason that they left their children at home.
The royal couple said Prince George is too "naughty" to join them in India, and joked that he would be "running around" the community centre, which sits on the border of the Kaziranga National Park.
Village elders who gathered to meet the royals couldn't resist asking about the absence of their two children, to which Kate reportedly replied: "Because George is too naughty. He would be running all over the place. The next time we come we will definitely bring them."
Kate admitted to missing the children, as it is the first prolonged period she has spent apart from them, and said that the little girls dancing in the village reminded her of Princess Charlotte.
The duchess had changed into a pink midi Topshop dress for her visit to the village, and was greeted by several hundred villagers upon their arrival. The royal couple were met by "Headman" Dhurba Krishna Das, 32, who placed traditional embroidered scarves, called gamchas around their necks – a custom in this region of Assam.
After entering the building, William and Kate sat on bamboo mats and learned about how the village was established in the 1970s, and how it now grows tea due to the local elephant and wildlife population.
William asked: "How do the local people view the elephants and rhinos, are they considered sacred?" They were told the villagers "love" the elephants because they happily live alongside them.
The Cambridges then met with members of the local community and were treated to a traditional dance performance before driving the short distance to a typical home and tea plantation.
There they were greeted by local couple Tilasha Das and his wife Utala, who talked about life in the village and their two small tea plantations. They presented Kate with a beautiful red scarf that Utala had woven especially for the occasion, which the grateful Duchess described as "so special".
The couple will continue their day by visiting the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, before visiting the Mark Shand Foundation, where they will see the work that is being carried out and decorate 'Elephant Parade' statues.