The Cambridge children may have grown up in royal palaces and grand countryside estates, but at heart, they’re just like any other kids.
During a visit to the reopening of BAFTA’s renovated headquarters in central London, Prince William shared that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and even Prince Louis have gotten into video games.
“They do definitely like gaming, they’re fascinated by that,” the Duke of Cambridge admitted during the January 27 visit. “George particularly, he’s more interested in it. The other two are a bit too small, but they love the films.”
The royal dad said both he and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, now have to closely watch how much time the trio spend in front of screens. “At the moment, it’s trying to regulate the gaming … monitoring screen time. Got to be careful of that,” he said.
William—who is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts—was at the refurbished 195 Piccadilly building to learn how the independent charity’s new facilities will help provide increased support to young people building careers in film, games, and television industries.
“All that is creative,” he told BAFTA Young Game Designer finalist and Young Game Designer Mentor winner Harry Petch of his children’s passions. “I adore film and gaming as well, I’m trying to get the next generation interested in it.”
During his visit, William also learned about the newly launched BAFTA Elevate scheme, which supports talent from underrepresented groups in progressing their careers and helps tackle the issue of diversity in our industries as a whole.
“I am hugely proud of BAFTA’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that young talent from all walks of life are given every possible opportunity to build and develop successful careers in the film, games and television industries,” William said in a statement. “The redevelopment of 195 Piccadilly has created fantastic new learning spaces to ensure that future generations can receive the support they need to thrive.”
Royal engagements have quickly become the go-to place for learning about the achievements and milestones of the Cambridges’ children: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.
During their 2020 tour of Ireland, Duchess Kate revealed that Charlotte is a huge gymnastics fan. “She’s doing cartwheels, handstands, everything,” the duchess said. “It’s so good for their basic skills of balance and coordination.”
On the same tour, Kate added that George—who the proud parents also once shared takes ballet classes—has a keen interest in music and is learning to play the guitar. And in photos shared by Kensington Palace on Louis’s first day of nursery last year, the toddler could be seen proudly riding a shiny new balance bike to class.
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