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Prince William focusing on raising Prince George in 'very normal' way

Published 20/04/2016

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William insists he's willing and eager to take on more royal responsibilities as soon as he's given them.

Britain's Prince William is determined to bring up his two children as part of a "normal family" unit.

Speaking with the BBC ahead of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday on Thursday (21Apr16), the future monarch spoke about the way in which he and wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are raising Prince George, two, and Princess Charlotte, 11 months.

"I’m concentrating very much on my role as a father. I’m a new father and I take my duties and my responsibilities to my family very seriously," he revealed. "I want to bring my children up as good people with the idea of service and duty to others as very important."

While the 33-year-old remains aware of the duties that lie ahead for him, he also sees it as part of his role to protect his son, who featured in a new family portrait released on Tuesday (19Apr16), from all knowledge of responsibility for the time being.

"As far as we’re concerned, within our family unit we are a normal family," he shared. "I love my children the same way any father does and I hope George loves me the same way any son does to his father, so we are very normal in that sense.

"There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in the world. But right now, it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing him as much love as I can as a father."

William, who has just returned to the U.K. from a week-long tour of India and Bhutan with his wife, whom he married in 2011, also addressed criticism that he was work-shy, insisting he's very willing and eager to take on more royal responsibilities as soon as he's given them.

He spoke about his enjoyment of working as part of the rescue team for East Anglian Air Ambulance, but insisted that "when the Queen decides she’s going to hand down more responsibilities, I’ll be the first person to accept them."

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