Social media explodes as King Charles’ moving comments on Prince George’s first day of school resurface

Prince George served as a page boy at his grandfather's coronation last year. Source: Getty Images.

When a 2017 BBC interview with then Prince Charles commenting on his eldest grandson’s first day of school resurfaced on Tik Tok, nearly half a million viewers tuned in to see what the now King of England had to say about the milestone moment.

In the interview a relaxed King Charles was sympathetic towards Prince George, just four years old at the time, when told that the young prince had appeared “anxious” as he approached the gates of Thomas’ Battersea for his big day.

“Oh, poor old thing,” he said at the time.

“But it’s being left there to have to get on with it when the parents go away that’s always the problem. It’s good for you in the end I suppose. It’s character building.”

The broadcaster quizzed the King on whether he’d given him any advice.

“Of course not! He wouldn’t take it from me, I don’t think at that age,” Charles joked.

King Charles said he was interested to know “how he got on” but echoed his own school experience when he said, “At that age you don’t worry quite so much about going to school as you do when you get a bit older. It’s all business of meeting new people and wondering, you know.”

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The sweet video of the King commenting on his first grandchild’s first day of school was received in a positive light on Tik Tok as royal enthusiasts expressed their approval at the way Charles clearly doted on Prince George.

“King Charles is more like Prince Phillip than I thought, you can tell he truly adores his grandchildren,” one wrote.

“I’ll bet he’s a lovely granddad.”

“He seems more likable than I thought,” commented another.

“Such a lovely grandpa.”

“Lovely gentleman. He had such a hard time. Can tell he’s very supportive with his family in private.”

Time has certainly flown for young Prince George, who is poised to celebrate his 11th birthday this July as he continues to be prepared for a life of duty in a manner that is “not scary”.

This is according to royal biographer, Robert Hardman, who recently spoke with People Magazine about Prince William and Princess Catherine’s approach to balancing Prince George’s childhood and his exposure to his future as king.

“William is trying to normalize it. They’re not in denial and there’s a lot of thought being given to it, which was not always the case,” Hardman told People in an exclusive interview.

“With George, there’s a sense that the priority is that he and his siblings are not put off this, that it’s not scary, that it’s something that they understand and it’s going to be part of their life.

“And there’s a belief to make it as unobtrusive and as normal — if you can call it normal — and as pleasant as possible.”

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