Kate Middleton and Prince William are in hot water!
The royal couple's two kids, Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 13 months, joined them on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on Saturday, June 11, where George was seen innocently misbehaving during the ceremony.
Though the young prince was scolded for his actions, the display of normalcy was a reminder to royal family fans that, though George will one day be king, for now Kate and William, both 34, have "broken the royal rules" by encouraging him to be a happy, spirited and carefree little boy.
The royal family on June 11. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)</center
It’s a far cry from the way Prince Charles, George’s grandfather, was raised. “In public, they were expected to be on their best behavior,” says a royals insider of Charles and his three siblings. “They weren’t brought out a lot and they weren’t allowed to have playdates or play in the yard.”
It’s not the life Kate and Will, both 34, want for George and Charlotte, which is why the young couple have decided to raise their family in Norfolk, a four-hour drive north of London.
Their primary home, Anmer Hall, is “a house, not a palace,” explains royals expert Anne Chertoff, who adds, “Giving their children a non-royal upbringing is more important to Will and Kate than following tradition. The sheer act of them not living in the palace year- round is a sign to the queen, the press and the world that they don’t want their kids living in a fishbowl.”
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