Prince George and Princess Charlotte are showing the world that despite being royals, the bond between a brother and sister is a special thing.
Be it when they are stealing the show at some royal event or just running around and kicking a ball while their dad William plays polo, the royal siblings have a unique and strong relationship that is due to their special upbringing-not every kid in the world gets to call Queen Elizabeth “Gan Gan”, and get away with it.
“They are close in age, and they spend so much time together,” an insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
“Playdates [with outsiders] can be tricky, so they learn to lean on each other.”
The two get along pretty well despite having very different personalities. Prince George is “more reserved” while Princess Charlotte is “more outgoing”.
This description is much like how people used to describe Prince William and Prince Harry when they were young.
Another thing is that they are both preparing for very different roles in the royal family with George being third in line to the British throne (after his grandfather Prince Charles and dad Prince William).
Their different personalities of the children were fully on display at their last public outing, at a charity sailing race that their parents took part in last week. At the race Charlotte was the main attraction with her antics, even sticking her tongue out playfully at one point.
“Kate just handled it wonderfully,” says a longtime royal observer. “She just laughed, and it was really lovely to see. For once you looked at them and thought, ‘They’re a family,’ rather than ‘the royal family.’ “
Their younger brother Louis is too young to play with them-but Kate has revealed that she is “running after him all the time”. So that means George and Charlotte will soon share more time together.
In just a few weeks, Princess Charlotte will join her big brother at Thomas’s Battersea, a $23,000-per-year private school some three miles from the family’s Kensington Palace home.
“She can’t wait to be with George at big school,” says the insider. “She is so excited about it all.”