Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for sweet family portrait with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince William has opened up about family life and coping with his late mother's 20th anniversary in a revealing new interview.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have given rare access to their young family for an exclusive behind the scenes photoshoot with Prince George and Princess Charlotte where William reveals his desire to give them as normal an upbringing as possible.
The royal couple (both 35) appear in a photoshoot for British GQ alongside their adorable children as he spoke of his hopes to raise the three-year-old and two-year-old in a "real environment" and not "growing up behind palace walls".
"I could not do my job without the stability of the family," he told the mag. "Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents.
"I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life."
His comments come as no surprise to royal watchers as the famously down-to-earth couple recently signed George, now third in line to the throne, to enrol at day school Thomas' Battersea, shunning his father's alma mater at Wetherby School.
Prince William and his brother Harry have become increasingly vocal about their personal experiences with grief after losing their mother Princess Diana in 1997 through their organisation Heads Together, which aims to tackle the stigma around mental health, in particular among young people.
Both have explained their personal obstacles with grieving in the public eye and as the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana approaches in August, the father-of-two said he is in a "better place".
“I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.," he explained.
"It has taken me almost twenty years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.
"It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story."
And he said he would love to have seen her as a grandmother to his children and met his wife, whom he first began dating in 2003.
"I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her."
See the full shoot in the July issue of British GQ, on sale Thursday 1st June, and to download from Tuesday 30th May.