Prince William tells of life as a new, tired parent

Extracts from the interview were released as the couple also released the first official photographs of George.

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Prince George of Cambridge is “a little bit of a rascal” who doesn’t like to sleep much and is a wriggler when it comes to having his nappy changed – something which is, apparently, required very frequently.

This picture of the earliest days of a future king was revealed by his sleep-deprived father, the Duke of Cambridge, in his first interview since his infant son’s birth four weeks ago.

Speaking to the US cable network CNN’s correspondent Max Foster, a relaxed Prince William, 31, admitted that having his newborn thrust into the spotlight before the media’s massed ranks, just hours after his birth, was perhaps not something he would have chosen.

“It’s not somewhere I enjoy being. I know that the position I’m in, that’s what’s required of me,” he said. But he added that he and the Duchess of Cambridge were “on such a high anyway” that they were happy “to show him off to whoever wanted to see him”.

“As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child, and proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything,” he said. He was just thankful that the third in line to the throne “wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through”.

Extracts from the interview were released as the couple also released the first official photographs of George – taken not by a celebrity photographer but by his grandfather, Michael Middleton. The two informal snaps, taken in the back garden of the Middletons’ manor house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in early August, show the young prince sleeping as his parents pose, with the couple’s cocker spaniel, Lupo, and the Middletons’ golden retriever, Tilly, also getting on the big moment.

In the interview, ostensibly to promote the Tusk Trust charity for endangered species in Africa, the duke revealed the emotional impact of fatherhood. “The last few weeks for me have been just a very emotional experience – something I never thought I would feel myself.”

He had discovered “a lot of things affect me differently now”. His son, he said, was “a little bit of a rascal … So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure.

“He does like to keep having his nappy changed,” added the duke, who changed his son’s first nappy. “I wasn’t allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me: ‘You do it. You do it.'”

Prince George was “growing quite quickly” and “he’s a little fighter … He kind of wriggles around quite a lot and he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much, which is a bit of a problem.”

The duchess was up in the night more often that her husband, and doing “a fantastic job”. The duke was looking forward to returning to his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot to “get some sleep”, he said in the interview, recorded before his recent return to his north Wales base.

William had practised securing his son’s car seat before attempting it in front of the cameras, and chose to drive his family from hospital himself, rather than using a chauffeur, which “was really important to me”. He, his wife and brother Harry had grown up “differently to other generations”. He liked to do things himself, when possible, he said. “And I don’t like fuss so it’s much easier to just do it yourself.”

He was, he admitted, “reasonably headstrong about what I believe in” and just doing things “the way I know”.

“For me, Catherine, and now little George are my priorities. And Lupo,” he added, referring to their pet cocker spaniel, who is “perfectly happy” with the new addition to the family.

He would like, one day, to pass on his interest in Africa’s endangered species to his son. But for the moment?

“At the moment, the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not have to change his nappy so many times,” he said.

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