It can’t be easy find­ing a bal­ance be­tween be­ing a royal and be­ing safe

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Memory Walks -

WHILE most kids get a new blazer for go­ing back to school, Prince Ge­orge got ex­tra se­cu­rity staff.

The four-year-old had only been at his new pri­mary for a week, but al­ready there’s been a wor­ry­ing in­ci­dent with a 40-year-old woman ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of bur­glary af­ter she ap­par­ently tried to talk her way into Thomas’s Lon­don Day School in Bat­tersea.

I sup­pose wee Ge­orge will have to get used to be­ing con­stantly fol­lowed by burly men in suits wear­ing ear pieces and whis­per­ing into their spe­cial wrist ra­dios, and now there will be even more of a pres­ence than ever be­fore.

This is the world he was born in to and, much as his mum and dad want their chil­dren to have a nor­mal life, it’s just not pos­si­ble. They can’t have it both ways. Of course they want to pro­tect their chil­dren, but ev­ery­one on the planet knows ex­actly where Ge­orge goes to school and what time he is dropped off. It’s a se­cu­rity night­mare. The school can’t be turned into a fortress and some sort of bal­ance needs to be at­tained.

Al­ready money has been spent on CCTV cam­eras and an elec­tronic en­trance as well as other mea­sures.

I thought Ge­orge looked a bit be­wil­dered by all the at­ten­tion on his first day.

He ap­peared ap­pre­hen­sive and in need of a re­as­sur­ing cud­dle from his mum.

Sadly, Kate was un­able to be there as she has once again been struck down by se­vere morn­ing sick­ness dur­ing her preg­nancy.

She would have been very dis­ap­pointed and I’m sure there were a few tears, es­pe­cially when she saw the images of her lit­tle boy.

Wil­liam and Kate have taken great pains to make sure both their chil­dren are out of the pub­lic eye as much as pos­si­ble, but this might have back­fired by mak­ing them un­com­fort­able with the lime­light.

It’s some­thing they will have to learn to cope with, as there seems to be no sign of the pub­lic’s in­ter­est in their lives wan­ing.

Wil­liam was more used to the at­ten­tion and Princess Diana used to de­light in telling a story about when she first took him to school.

There was, as you would ex­pect, a huge me­dia pres­ence with loads of TV cam­eras and pho­tog­ra­phers from all over the globe.

Young Wil­liam ac­tu­ally seemed to rather en­joy all the fuss and, on his se­cond day, asked her where ev­ery­one had gone – he was be­mused to learn the me­dia wouldn’t be there ev­ery sin­gle morn­ing he was dropped off at the school gate.

Diana was one of the most fa­mous women in the world and was for­ever hounded by pa­parazzi – and Wil­liam saw how much an­guish that caused her.

He was also fu­ri­ous when top­less pho­to­graphs of Kate ap­peared in a French mag­a­zine back in 2012. So much so that in­stead of just ig­nor­ing it in the way that the roy­als nor­mally do, he de­cided to sue and won the court case, giv­ing the €100,000 pay­out awarded to char­ity.

This in­ci­dent at Prince Ge­orge’s school will have caused both Wil­liam and Kate con­cern, es­pe­cially as they want to send Princess Char­lotte there when she is older. They need to feel that their chil­dren are safe and se­cure.

They have to some­how find a bal­ance be­tween their chil­dren hav­ing a taste of “nor­mal­ity” while also be­ing part of the royal firm – un­less they want to opt out and leave it to Harry.

Prince Ge­orge.

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