Fury erupted a few weeks ago from royal fans and commentators alike when HBO released a cartoon that mocked Prince George, who is only eight years-old. Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu argued that the show, which centered on making fun of George, was “not funny” and that children were “off-limits” when it came to ridicule.
When asked if George’s mother would be hurting from this, royal expert and author Howard Hodgson replied, “Gosh, absolutely. But you have to just go out and smile and put a brave face on it.”
Hodgson went on to tell The Express that George being made a target is “not fair,” adding: “Can you imagine the damage that may be done to your child if there was a bit of a p*ss-taking program, especially, if it makes him out to be a bit of a spoilt brat.”
“A bit of a Marie Antoinette character, you would hate it if it was your son,” he continued. “But they have to learn to just take that on the chin, which they do.”
As for the impact these kinds of less-than-flattering shows have on the royals, Hodgson said, “The fact is they will just keep the line of the Royal Family going and it will be that and they’ll just take anything like that in their stride.”
“The more attention we give it, the more we encourage it,” he added. “The fact is the Royal Family will just ignore most of it, out see it and it will just go away.”
This comes after sources said that Kate and her husband Prince William want George “to have a normal life” despite his royal status as heir to the throne.
“The royals are renowned for being ‘stiff upper lip,’ but William and Kate have a more modern approach to parenting and are moving away from that mentality,” the insider told US Weekly. “Open communication is key for them. … [But they] set boundaries and have rules in place.”
The source went on to say that William and Kate want George, 8, and his younger siblings Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, “to express their emotions and ask questions to enable them to grow up as healthy adults.”
The insider added that until the day when their eldest son becomes king, “Kate and William want George to have a normal life” and “don’t want him to grow up too quickly.”
“He’s not called Prince George at school and is simply known as George, he mixes with children his own age,” the source explained. “Kate and William don’t shower him with expensive gifts nor do they over spoil him. … George makes his bed every morning. … All the children have impeccable manners and always say please and thank you.”