Prince George found out his role as future king in surprising Kate and William admission

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Respected royal biographer Robert Lacey said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to have told their eldest son more about his future royal role last summer when he turned seven. Writing in the updated edition of his Battle of Brothers book, Mr Lacey said: “William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son.

“Maybe one day George will tell us the story himself.

“But sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve.

“William’s aim as a father, the prince stressed, was to give his son ‘a normal family upbringing’, enabling the monarchy ‘to stay relevant and keep up with modern times’.”

Mr Lacey added that the Cambridges’ decision to speak to George at a moment of their choosing reflected the Duke’s “unhappiness at the haphazard fashion in which the whole business of his royal destiny had buzzed around his head from the start”.

Speaking to the BBC in 2016, William discussed telling George about his future.

He said: “There will be a time and place to bring George up and understand how he fits in the world.

“Right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure and stable environment and showing him as much love as I can as a father.”

Speaking last July, royal expert Katie Nicholl said George “understands that he’s different” from his siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Ms Nicholl told OK! magazine: “I think George understands, like William did from a very early age, that he’s different from his younger brother and sister and that he’ll have a different future.

“After all, he gets taken away to do photoshoots with Her Majesty the Queen, so he must notice he’s been singled out.

“But I don’t think William and Kate have made a big thing of saying to George, ‘One day you will be King’.

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“They want to protect him from that moment, so it’s an idea that’s being introduced to him gradually.

“The true enormity of what his life will one day be isn’t something he’s fully aware of yet.”

George, who is third in line to the throne, appeared in a photo in December 2019 alongside the Queen, heir Prince Charles and William, who is second in line.

And royal fans got their latest glimpse of the youngster, who celebrates his eighth birthday on July 22, on Sunday as he joined his father and sister Charlotte at a local half marathon event.

William, George and Charlotte gathered around a microphone and appeared to count down to the start of the race around the Sandringham Estate.

George and Charlotte, six, looked casual in shorts and trainers for the low-key outing.

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