Prince William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are reportedly “worried” their nine-year-old son may experience too much pressure if he takes on a prominent role at his grandfather’s Coronation. Royal commentator Tom Quinn suggested there is a “bit of an argument” going on behind the scenes over the part Prince George could possibly play on May 6 without affecting him or stirring negatively the public opinion.
The author of the newly-released book Gilded Youth told Express.co.uk: “I’ve heard from my contacts that there is a bit of an argument going on about whether George should play a more formal role.
“I’ve heard that Kate and William are worried that it will be too much for him.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales have strived to shield their children from the public eye and provide them with a childhood as normal as possible despite their position in the Firm.
“A lot of people criticised that and said that it was a horrible thing to make two boys that young, and especially Harry, do.
“So I think people are remembering this and thinking, ‘Well hang on a minute, if George is some sort of a pageboy, or has a similar role at the Coronation, is that going back too far towards the traditional roles?’
“So I’ve heard that there is a debate going on quite fiercely at the moment about how to do that. And, as far as I’ve heard, it hasn’t been decided yet.”
However, Mr Quinn’s guess is that the nine-year-old will play a role during the Coronation, “but it won’t be too prominent”.
This comes after a report emerged in late February stating the Prince and Princess of Wales were “mulling over” whether their eldest child should be included in the upcoming historic ceremony and were considering what would be best for their son given the public attention and media coverage coming attached to the event.
George, who is destined to be crowned at Westminster Abbey too one day, is likely to have a role during the ceremony, the Daily Telegraph wrote, while Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are expected to attend the event as spectators.
Prince George would not be the first young heir to the throne to attend a Coronation.
Before him, 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth sat through the five-hour-long service which saw King George VI and Queen Elizabeth crowned in 1937.
And the current sovereign was only four when he attended the three-hour-long Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.
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