Most people use “His Royal Highness” when addressing Prince William, but his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte opted for something less formal, simply calling him “Pops”.
On Wednesday, the royal couple visited Leicester, to honour the recent death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of the city’s beloved football club. There the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to volunteers who helped relocate flowers and other tributes to a dedicated site.
When asked by a fan about how her three children-Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, only 7 months old-were doing, Kate simply said: “They are great, thank you.” Kate, 36, revealed how her children call their father Prince William. Season ticket holder Fiona Sturgess told reporters, “Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, ‘Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?’ “
Back in 2016, in a documentary honouring Queen Elizabeth’s milestone 90th birthday, Kate talked about the special relationship her children have with the monarch-revealing the special nickname the children have for her.
Kate told ITV’s The Queen at Ninety, “George is only 2 ½ and he calls her ‘Gan-Gan,’ ” Kate said. “She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.”
On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received some special gifts for their three children: tiny Leicester City Football Club team uniforms in personalized boxes.
“They’ll be fighting over the Leicester and Aston Villa kits,” joked William, who is an avid fan of the latter. “That’s very kind, that’s brilliant.”
When he spoke with tennis star Novak Djokovic, after the tennis champ won Wimbledon in July, William admitted that he had been trying to get his kids into sports.
“How are your children?” Djokovic, himself a dad of two, asked the royal couple in a video shared by the famed tennis tournament.
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“Very well, thanks, very well,” the dad of three responded. “Trying to get a tennis racket in their hand – and a football!”