Prince William opened up about fatherhood to CNN's Max Foster.
(Photo: Mike Lawn, CNN)
Prince William chatted with CNN royal correspondent Max Foster in a taped interview that aired Monday morning. Foster conducted the interview less than two weeks after Prince George was born. Here are the highlights:
On the feeling he experienced when he and Duchess Catherine emerged from St. Mary's Hospital following the birth of Prince George:
I think more shock and dauntingness is the feeling I felt. I think I was on such a high anyway and so was Catherine about George that we 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's the best looking or the best anything.
On so swiftly and accurately putting George's car seat into the car:
Believe me it wasn't my first time and I know there's been speculation about that. I had to practice. I was terrified that I was going to do something or he was going to fall off or it wouldn't close properly.
On his decision to drive Catherine and baby George home:
I'm as independent as I want to be and same as Catherine and Harry. We've all grown up differently to other generations. I very much feel if I can do it myself, then I will do it myself. There are times when you can't do it yourself or the system takes over or it's appropriate to do things differently.
On Prince George:
He's a little bit of a rascal. He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I'm not sure. He's doing very well at the moment. He does like to keep having his nappy changed. He's growing quite quickly actually. He's a little fighter. He wriggles around a lot. He doesn't want to get his sleep, which is a little bit of a problem.
On Catherine as a new mom:
She's doing a fantastic job.
On his new life as a father:
For me, Catherine and now little George are my priorities ... and Lupo (their cocker spaniel).
On Lupo and the new baby:
He's coping all right, actually. ... As a lot of people know when you have dogs and you bring a newborn back they take a little time to adapt. He's been slobbering all around the house. He's perfectly happy.
On going back to work:
Well, as a few fathers might know I'm actually quite looking forward to going back to work and getting some sleep. I'm just hoping the first few shifts I go back I don't have any night jobs.
On his experience this summer:
The last few weeks for me have been a different emotional experience, something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.
Alison Maxwell, USA TODAY