A royal expert has claimed that King Charles wants Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to grow up ‘as normally as possible’ to avoid ‘making the same mistakes’.
Chandrika Kaul, Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews, appears in the new documentary The Fab Five: The King’s Grandchildren, which aired on Channel 5 last night.
The expert claimed the newly minted monarch wants nothing more than George, nine, Charlotte, eight, and Louis, five, having the confidence to go after what they want.
Professor Kaul said: ‘I think King Charles is very keen that his grandchildren do not make the mistakes that I think he has made, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.’
In 1994, Charles admitted to being unfaithful to his now wife, Queen Camilla, to Princess Diana after their first marriage had ‘irretrievably broken down’ in an interview with Jonathan Dimbleby.
Channel 5’s The Fab Five: The King’s grandchildren dive into the monarch’s relationship with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry’s children, as well as her step-grandson from his second marriage to Queen Camilla
As such, the expert said King Charles has learned from his past and does not want history to repeat itself with the younger generation of royals.
She added: ‘I think what he wants to do is try and help these young grandchildren grow up in as normal a way as possible and become more fully rounded human beings who are unafraid of their own feelings. And who are able to have the confidence to marry. whomever they want.
‘And to have a happy, successful and fulfilling personal life.’,
Scottish broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika suggested that helping young royals find their way within the institution would also ensure the future of the monarchy.
She said: ‘Charles, as a good grandfather, has to explain to the other two that they are not just spare parts, they are not just additions to necessity.’
Ailsa Anderson, who served as press secretary to the late Queen Elizabeth, reflected on Princess Charlotte’s special role as third-in-line to the throne.
She said: ‘It appears to me that Princess Charlotte does not mind being in the limelight at public events.’
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: ‘Charlotte has a wonderful personality.
Scottish broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika, speaking on the show to be broadcast tomorrow, said the monarch should pay particular attention to Prince Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, pictured during the Big Help Out on May 8.
“He’s brave, he’s headstrong, he definitely dominates his older brother,” she said.
5News’ royal correspondent Simon Vigar said: ‘I remember George being quite overbearing but I think the dynamic has changed. During recent public events, we have seen Charlotte taking charge and George giving orders.’
Last year, the Prince and Princess of Wales moved away from London in rural Berkshire – where their children are enrolled at the £21,000-per-term Ladbrooke School.
Earlier this month, royal fans went wild over ‘normal’ moments of George, Charlotte and Louis during their day volunteering in Slough.
After the Coronation Concert on Sunday night, the family spent hours renovating some of the Scout huts for local members to use.
Afterwards, clips from the family day out were posted on social media – and fans were in awe of how George, Charlotte and Louis looked like any other ‘normal kids’ their age.
Princess Charlotte pictured picking up a piece of biscuit before putting it in her mouth at yesterday’s event in Slough
Daily Mail royal editor Rebecca English visited a Scouts base with the family yesterday and shared a heartwarming clip of five-year-old Prince Louis happily digging into a s’more.
As the Princess of Wales assembles Louis’ breakfast for him, Princess Charlotte is seen enjoying it in the background.
However, eagle-eyed royal fans noticed that Princess Charlotte accidentally dropped some of her biscuits on the grass behind her brother.
The video – which has so far been viewed more than 68,000 times – shows the couple’s second child bending down to catch the piece she dropped.
As she watched her little brother feed on the sweets, Charlotte secretly stuffed the biscuit into his mouth.
Although Louis’ animated reaction to her s’more was the focus of the clip, royal fans pointed out how Charlotte followed the ‘five second rule’ in the comments.
One replied: ‘[He]She’s gorgeous but did anyone notice what her sister did in the background?
Prince George was pictured using a car window as a mirror to fix his hair after the engagement was over
Prince Louis, five, and Princess Charlotte, eight, are pictured tucking into s’mores at a Scouts event in Slough
Princess Charlotte was seen leading her brothers to the car while Prince Louis continued his sipping wine
‘When he chewed his biscuit a piece fell on the grass, he quickly picked it up. After a few seconds he went into her mouth. Dear Children are all alike.
Another added: ‘Yeah, it goes to show that even royal babies follow the five second rule!’
It came two days after Prince George took up his role as second in line to the throne during his grandfather’s coronation, where he was a page.
George was one of the four pages of honor for his grandfather, a ceremonial position that required young boys to attend with King Charles, largely carrying his heavy robes.
It was a long day, but nine-year-old George remained professional throughout during the religious ceremony, the royal salute and appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace by the King’s side.
There were even some touching moments where Charles was seen whispering to his grandson, who will one day join his father Prince William – and at his own coronation.
With George Nicholas Barclay and Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13, and Ralph Tolemache, 12, on the day of the coronation
Prince George, second in line to the throne, was page boy during the coronation of his grandfather King Charles on May 6
His brother Prince Louis and sister Princess Charlotte were not in attendance for the momentous royal occasion, sitting with their mother and father inside Westminster Abbey.
Meanwhile, George stood close to the king as he was crowned – joined by his fellow pages of honour: Nicholas Barclay and Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, both 13, and Ralph Tollemache, 12.
The Page of Honor is a formal position within the royal household that requires attendance only on state occasions, such as Saturdays, when four boys were tasked with wearing the King’s robes.
A further four boys – the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren – joined Camilla.
The King’s pages appeared in the traditional style of dress first seen at the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902: scarlet tunics decorated with gold lace trim and blue velvet cuffs.
These distinctive costumes were designed by Ade and Ravenscroft during the late queen’s reign.
Prince George began his duties at Westminster Abbey in the early hours of Saturday when he was seen having an intense conversation with his grandfather before entering the church.
He and his fellow pages of honor carried the king’s cloak through the abbey, and remained by his side whenever Charles needed to shift his position.
George was the epitome of professionalism during the coronation ceremony, which kept him on his feet for more than two hours. But his duties did not end when the king departed Westminster Abbey.
For the rest of Saturday, wherever King Charles went, his grandson followed him.
He, Nicholas, Oliver and Ralph were on hand when the King received the royal salute from the British Army, and later helped Charles navigate the balcony of Buckingham Palace.