It’s no surprise that parents who can safely send their kiddos back to non-virtual classrooms are extra grateful for back-to-school season this year — including royal dad, Prince William.
“I think every parent is breathing a sigh of relief that school has started again,” the father-of-three admitted on a recent trip to Northern Ireland. “Five months — it’s been wonderful, but it’s been a long five months.”
We’re pretty sure every mom and dad with school-bound kids can relate to that! Kate Middleton previously spoke about the extra stress of suddenly homeschooling the couple’s two oldest children, Prince George (7) and Princess Charlotte (5), while in lockdown. Apparently, George wasn’t thrilled about his homework versus what his little sis was assigned.
“George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects,” the royal mom revealed back in May. “Like, making sort of spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work.”
Here’s hoping George is getting some fun assignments now that he’s reunited with his classmates! And though there’s no word on how Prince Louis (2) feels about his older siblings heading back to school, but we’re sure William, Kate (and the royal nannies) will still have their hands plenty full chasing the toddler around.
William’s visit wasn’t just about dishing on relatable parenting gossip, though. He spent time with emergency workers and first responders to thank them for their service throughout the pandemic. As a former pilot for the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue team, he’s aware of just how difficult it can be to see so many people suffering and in need of medical assistance.
“I know firsthand, that even in routine circumstances, those of you on the frontline can face immense challenges that can naturally have a significant impact on both your physical and mental health,” he said in a speech at the Northern Ireland Police College. “I was encouraged and heartened about their desire for tangible and lasting change — with new and better collaboration and training, which could certainly draw inspiration from the peer support program here in Northern Ireland… You are a testament to the blue light community across our country, and I can’t thank you enough for what you do.”
We love that the future king of England has such a compassionate understanding for the importance of self-care for all walks of life, especially those who put themselves in the frontline of caring for others.