During his visit to Vietnam this week, the Duke of Cambridge sat down with Talk Vietnam for a candid chat about parenthood, in which he revealed his hopes and dreams for his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The father of two didn't hold back when discussing how parenthood has changed his life. "There's wonderful highs and wonderful lows. It's been quite a change for me personally,” admitted William, who was quick to praise his wife Kate for helping him navigate fatherhood. "I'm very lucky in the support I have from Catherine, she's an amazing mother and a fantastic wife."
He added: "I've struggled at times. The alteration from being a single independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing. I adore my children very much and I've learnt a lot about myself and about family just from having my own children.”
William also addressed his hopes and dreams for his precious children, saying "I would like them to grow up with more simple aspirations. I think there's a lot of huge aspirations and people living with an enormous amount of stuff that they don't necessarily need.” He went on to state that he finds the “materialism of the world” quite tricky sometimes.
He added: "I would like George and Charlotte to grow up being a little bit more simple in their approach and their outlook and just looking after those around them and treating others as they would like to be treated themselves."
William and Kate, who wed in 2011, welcomed their first child – Prince George – in 2013. Two years later, the royal couple added Princess Charlotte to the family, which has been a learning experience for the Duke. He said, “George is a right little rascal sometimes, he keeps me on my toes but he's a sweet boy. And Charlotte, bearing in mind I haven't had a sister so having a daughter is a very different dynamic. So I'm learning about having a daughter, having a girl in the family."
Now having children of his own has left the 34-year-old worrying “about the future more.” He explained, “When you have something or someone in your life to give the future to I think it focuses the mind more about what you're giving them and are you happy that you've done all you can to leave it in a good state.”
William appeared on the Vietnamese show on the final day of his two-day visit to Vietnam. The Duchess of Cambridge's husband traveled to Vietnam to continue his fight against wildlife crime and attend a conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.