LONDON, UK – CNN correspondent Max Foster met Prince William at Kensington Palace. They sat down for the prince’s first interview after the birth of his son, George and talked about fatherhood, being a new parent and that moment when he and his wife, Catherine brought their son out of the hospital and into a media frenzy.
Prince William: Uh, I think more shock and dauntingness was the feeling I felt (laughing), but it was, the thing is it’s um, I think 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.
Max Foster: You were comfortable there?
Prince William: Yeah, I felt, again it’s, it’s not somewhere I enjoy being, I know that the position I’m in that’s what’s required of me to do. And I think it’s, you know, it’s one of those things, I’m, you know, it’s nice that people want to see George, so, you know – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through (laughing).
Max Foster: That moment when you came out with the car seat. I mean, we had some warning that you might be doing that. Um, fathers around the planet will be cursing you for doing it so easily.
Prince William: (laughing) Believe me, it wasn’t my first time. And I know there’s been speculation about that. I had to practice, I really did. I was terrified that I was going to do some, you know, it was going to fall off or it wasn’t going to close properly. So, I had actually practiced with that seat, but only once before.
Max Foster: And your decision to drive off, I remember that moment as well. That was the most nerve-wracking thing for me, having my family in the car. But that was something that you were clearly determined to do.
Prince William: Well, it’s, I, where I can be I am as independent as, as I want to be. And same as Catherine and Harry. We’ve all grown up, um, differently to other generations. And I very much feel if I can do it myself I want to do it myself. And there are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over or it’s appropriate to do things differently. But, I think driving your son and your wife away from, from hospital was really important to me. And I don’t like fuss so it’s much easier to just do it your self.
Max Foster: And you didn’t stall.
Prince William: I didn’t stall, well it’s an automatic so it’s alright
Max Foster: The interpretation of the imagery we saw there, which went around the world was that this was a modern monarchy and a new way of monarchy, but was it that? We reading too much into it? Is it just you doing it your way? You and your wife doing it your own way?
Prince William: I think so, and I’m just doing it the way I know this, you know, if it’s the right way then brilliant, if it’s not, if it’s the wrong way then I’ll try to do it better , but…no I just, I’m quite…I’m reasonably headstrong about what I believe in, and what I go for, and I’ve got fantastic people around me who give me great support and advice //
Prince William: Well, yeah – he’s a little bit of a rascal, put it that way. So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I’m not sure. But, um he’s uh, no, he’s uh, he’s doing very well at the moment. He’s, he does like to keep having his nappy changed, and–
Max Foster: Did you do the first nappy?
Prince William: I did the first nappy, yeah. Exactly.
Max Foster: A badge of honor.
Prince William: A badge of honor, exactly. I wasn’t allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me, “You do it. You do it”. But, uh, no, he’s, he’s a little, he’s growing quite quickly actually. But he’s a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot. And he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem. But he’s-
Max Foster: So you’re up a little bit at night.
Prince William: A little bit. Not as much as Catherine. But, um, you know, she’s doing a fantastic job.
Max Foster: How is she? Okay?
Prince William: Yes, very well, yeah.
Prince William: For me, Catherine, and now little George are my priorities. And Lupo. Um, and so-
Max Foster: I was going to ask you about Lupo. How’s Lupo coping?
Prince William: He’s coping all right, actually. As a lot of people know who have got dogs and bringing newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but, no he’s been all right so far. He’s been slobbering sort of around the house a bit, so he’s perfectly happy.
Max Foster: And how are you about going back to work?
Prince William: Well, as a few fathers might know, I’m actually quite looking forward to going back to work (laughs).
Max Foster: Get some sleep.
Prince William: Get some sleep. Exactly, yeah. So I’m just hoping the first few shifts I go back I don’t have any night jobs —
Max Foster: You talked about your father possibly whispering quietly in your ear as he —
Prince William: Sweet nothings
Max Foster: — as a young boy. Are you going to do the same for Prince George because it’s such, it’s a cause that you care so deeply about. Would you like him to pick up on it?
Probably. At this rate I’ll probably whisper sweet nothings in his ear. I’ll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room. We’ll cover it in sort of, you know, lots of bushes and things like that. Make him grow up as if he’s in the bush.