Thursday 29 September 2016

Planning for baby number three? Kate Middleton and Prince William 'want at least three kids close in age'

Published 03/06/2016 | 11:52

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Princess Charlotte is captured in this portrait taken by her mother Kate and released by the British royal family this week. Getty Images
Prince George stands on foam blocks during a Royal Mail photoshoot for a stamp sheet to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The sheet features four generations of the Royal family, from left, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge, and the picture was taken in the summer of 2015 in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Ranald Mackechnie/Royal Mail/PA Wire
Princess Charlotte poses for a photograph taken by her mother Kate Middleton, who is to appearon the cover of ‘Vogue’, inset, for its June centenary issue. Photo: Reuters
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to greet guests attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Royal portrait by US photographer Annie Liebovitz shows Queen Elizabeth with her two grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise (second left) and her five great-grandchildren Mia Tindall (holding handbag), Savannah Philipps (third right), Isla Phillips (right), Prince George (second right) and Princess Charlotte (centre) in the Green Drawing room at Windsor Castle Photo: AFP PHOTO / 2016 ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Prince George at Kensington Palace. Photo: Pete de Souza

Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly planning on expanding their family as they want their children to grow up close in age.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Prince George in July 2013 and Princess Charlotte in May 2015 and according to friends, they'd like to add another to their brood sooner rather than later.

In a profile by Vanity Fair, sources told the publication, “They want at least three kids and for them to be close in age.”

The couple are based in their country estate Amner Hall and travel to their apartment at Kensington Palace for overnight stays and royal business in London, but intend on living there until they are called up to duty.

Princess Charlotte poses for a photograph taken by her mother Kate Middleton, who is to appearon the cover of ‘Vogue’, inset, for its June centenary issue. Photo: Reuters
Princess Charlotte poses for a photograph taken by her mother Kate Middleton, who is to appearon the cover of ‘Vogue’, inset, for its June centenary issue. Photo: Reuters

"It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life, and in the country he can escape,” a family friend told the mag.

“The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”

“William doesn’t want George and Charlotte going through some of the experiences he went through growing up. Everything he does regarding his family is very deliberate.”

Little George recently enrolled at Westacre Montessori nursery in Norfolk, where he goes three days a week, indicating they are planning a longer stay in the countryside.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Prince George (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
Prince George (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
FROM BOY TO MAN: William and Kate with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in the French Alps
FROM BOY TO MAN: William and Kate with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in the French Alps

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