The Sunday Times has a new article claiming Prince William and Kate Middleton are planning to make public appearances with Prince George over the next few months. According to an aide, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally realized there is interest in George so they are planning to make him more visible over the summer.
From the Sunday Times:
- THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning to make more public appearances with Prince George.
- The prince’s visit to his newborn sister, Princess Charlotte, last month was only the third sighting of the future king on British soil but sources say George, who will be two in July, will become “more visible over the next few months”.
- A royal aide said: “The duke and duchess feel most people have been very supportive of the measures they have taken to protect his privacy.
- “But they do realise there is a good-natured interest [in him] from people.”
**There is more to the article, and more to the quote from the royal aide given that there is not a closing quotation mark following the word “people” in the actual article. But as the article is behind a paywall, I cannot view the rest of the article and therefore cannot share it. If anyone has a subscription to the Times and would be willing to share the remainder of the article, that would be great.**
This development is surprising for two reasons: 1) The Cambridges are taking our advice and showing off George even though William’s paranoia is stronger than The Force; 2) Kate is going to be making public appearances in the next few months.
I thought for sure William’s paranoia would grow exponentially given the birth of a daughter (William’s got to keep trying to save him mummy, amirite), so the fact that they would even consider bringing George to public appearances is shocking. We have been saying for months and months and months how great it is to see Princess Estelle and Princess Leonore out and about with their parents – not only because we get to see them, but they get to get used to being in front of the public and the press (which is especially important for Estelle who will be Queen one day). We have also been saying for months and months and months how we would love to see William and Kate do this with George, so it’s shocking yet awesome if they have decided to do that.
The other thing that is even more shocking than the Cambridges deciding to bring George on public appearances is the fact that if this is true, it means Kate will actually be making public appearances over the next few months. Given that KP said Kate would “focus… on her family over the summer”, and a source said Kate “felt she came back too soon last time”, I thought Kate would not be making any appearances this summer at all (with the possible exception of Trooping, but that has been looking less likely). If Kate actually makes appearances this summer, I’ll be shocked.
Of course this is still just lip service right now. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Switching gears, Prince Harry has reportedly finally met Princess Charlotte. Harry was spotted driving through Brandon en route to Norfolk on Friday (Express). And why yes, tacking this bit on is just an excuse to post a photo of Harry.
PS. Some funny results from the Caption This! contest:
“My Carole-shaped hemorrhoid is gone!” – Sugar
“So, there we are, driving away after the wedding, and I knew something wasn’t quite right aaaaaaand, sure nuff, I left the bloody ebrake on the whole way. Burnt that sucker right out of my dad’s car. Wonder if he ever got that fixed…” – Ray
“I’M FREEEEEE….oh, wait.” – Feeshalori
“I’m getting another 6 weeks of paid paternal leave!” – Lexistential
“Yes! Eleven more days and I go to work where I can get some real sleep!” – Lisa
“Two babies!!! Yes that means I don’t have to become King!” – Overit
“And there I was rushing to meet my mate, no, bro, Harry, to tell him, ‘Dude, I’m free, I’m free!’ And that’s when Carole came in with a cuppa and a cheese toast and asked, ‘you gettin’ out of bed or what?’” – Violet
“Jecca is on her way back to the UK!” – rhiannon
“No one ever listens to me!” – CrazyAMG
“The game changer! Yeehaw!” – MavenTheFirst