Prince William recently sat down with CNN for his first official interview (since the birth of his son on July 22) all about his new life as a father to Prince George, AKA the future King of England.
“He’s a little bit of a rascal, I’ll put it that way,” William told CNN’s Max Foster. “He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure, but he’s doing very well at the moment.”
“He’s growing quite quickly actually. But he’s a little fighter — he wriggles around quite a lot and he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much.”
He also said his wife Kate Middleton—or “Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge”— has been handling more of the night duties with baby George — and admitted he’s looking forward to going back to his job as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot in order to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
“Well, as a few fathers might know, I’m actually quite looking forward to going back to work (to) get some sleep. So I’m just hoping the first few shifts I go back I don’t have any night jobs.”
He also spoke about what it was like debuting his son to the world [and of course hundreds of cameras] on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital.
“I think more shock was the feeling I felt, but I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine, about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him.”
“As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything. It’s nice that people want to see George — I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through,” he said with a laugh.
Fathers around the world watched in disbelief as William, surrounded by hundreds of press photographers, deftly secured his son’s car seat in the back of his vehicle on the first try — but the prince admitted there was more than luck involved in the maneuver.
“Believe, me it wasn’t my first time,” William said, “and I know there’s been some speculation about that. I had to practice, I really did — I was terrified it was going to fall off or the door wasn’t going to close properly.”
He also spoke about a big milestone in parenthood: changing the first diaper.
“I did the first nappy, it’s a badge of honor,” he joked. “I wasn’t allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me, saying: ‘You do it, you do it.'”
But William did note that Catherine usually takes on night time baby duties and is doing “a fantastic job” with baby George. He also was quick to note that his young family is now his priority.
“For me, Catherine and now little George are my priorities — and Lupo,” the prince said with a smile. Thankfully Lupo, the couple’s Cocker Spaniel, seems to be on board with the new addition to the family.
“He’s coping all right, actually. As a lot of people know who have got dogs and bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but he’s been all right so far. He’s been slobbering around the house a bit, so he’s perfectly happy.”
And when asked about passing on a legacy to his royal son, he joked:
“At the moment, the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not have to change his nappy so many times,” he laughed.
Read the full story and watch video clip of his interview here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/19/world/prince-william-interview/?hpt=hp_t1