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Kate: Prince George will follow in his father's footsteps

By Alice Philipson

Published 16/09/2013 | 07:57

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they stand with their son, Prince George in the garden of the Middleton family home
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they stand with their son, Prince George in the garden of the Middleton family home

KATE MIDDLETON has revealed she thinks Prince George will follow in his father's footsteps as Prince William talks of his love of wildlife in the first UK airing of a new documentary.

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Speaking to ITV and CNN in New Father, New Hope, the Duke of Cambridge talked passionately of his passion for Africa and his quest to protect endangered species.

The Duke, who is a frequent visitor to Africa, came close to tears as he was played clips of rhino bleeding to death.

His wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was shown discussing her husband's unbridled passion for wildlife with guests at a conservation charity event – the couple's first formal appearance since the birth of their son.

When asked about conservation by a dinner guest, the Duchess replied: "I'm just learning all the time and I think George will be too. I think he'll be following in his father's footsteps."

Prince William told ITV that becoming a father had made him even more intent to continue his quest to help endangered species.

He said: “The wildlife is incredibly vulnerable and I feel a real protective instinct, more so now that I am a father, which is why I get emotional about it … you want to stand up for what is very vulnerable and needs protecting.

"Elephants, rhinos and many other animals that are persecuted don’t have a voice.”

He also admitted that his wife "probably thinks I am Africa potty".

He added: “For me, it’s a sense of freedom. Being out in the middle of nowhere in Africa, looking at the projects, seeing the beauty of nature and the natural world, is just phenomenal.

The Duke spoke openly about the day Prince George was born at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

He revealed that he was elected by the midwives at the hospital to do the first nappy change

"I had every midwife staring at me, going, 'You do it. You do it'," the Duke said.

"But he's a little fighter. 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."

Telegraph.co.uk

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