August 19th, 2013
08:40 AM ET

CNN’s Max Foster with First Interview of Prince William Since the Birth of His Son

Today on "New Day," CNN’s Max Foster sat down with Prince William in his first interview since he and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child, Prince George.  The Duke of Cambridge shared how things have changed for him since becoming a parent, saying "I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience.  Something I never thought I would feel myself.  And I find, again it’s only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now. "

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Prince William tells Foster how he felt introducing Prince George to the world on the steps of Saint Mary's Hospital  "I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him.  As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything."   Asked if he was comfortable, Prince William said "it’s not somewhere I enjoy being, I know that the position I’m in that’s what’s required of me to do." He went on to say  "it’s nice that people want to see George, so, you know – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through."

The envy of every father for getting his son into a car seat so easily, the Prince tells Foster "Believe me, it wasn’t my first time.  And I know there’s been speculation about that.  I had to practice, I really did."  On choosing to drive his family home himself, Prince William said, "where I can be, I am as independent…as I want to be." He adds "I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself.  And there are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over or it’s appropriate to do things differently.  But, I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me."

The interview is a preview of a one-hour documentary "Prince William's Passion:  New Hope, New Father" airing on CNN September 15 at 10 pm ET.  The special chronicles the Prince's passion for Africa and his dream to save the world's most endangered species.  As a new father, Prince William discussed his hope that one day Prince George will experience the same Africa that he and Prince Harry did as young boys.  His own love for Africa was instilled in him by his father Prince Charles and his late mother Princess Diana.  Prince William tells Foster that he plans to start introducing Africa and it's endangered species to his young son "I’ll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room.  We’ll cover it in sort of, you know, lots of bushes and things like that.  Make him grow up as if he’s in the bush."

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PRINCE WILLIAM: Uh, I think more shock and dauntingness was the feeling I felt (laughing), but it was, the thing is it’s um, I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him.  As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything.

MAX FOSTER: You were comfortable there?

PRINCE WILLIAM: Yeah, I felt, again it’s, it’s not somewhere I enjoy being, I know that the position I’m in that’s what’s required of me to do.  And I think it’s, you know, it’s one of those things, I’m, you know, it’s nice that people want to see George, so, you know – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through (laughing).

MAX FOSTER: That moment when you came out with the car seat. I mean, we had some warning that you might be doing that.  Um, fathers around the planet will be cursing you for doing it so easily.

PRINCE WILLIAM: (laughing)  Believe me, it wasn’t my first time.  And I know there’s been speculation about that.  I had to practice, I really did.  I was terrified that I was going to do some, you know, it was going to fall off or it wasn’t going to close properly.  So, I had actually practiced with that seat, but only once before.

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  1. martina

    Convinced they used a surrogate.

    August 20, 2013 at 6:37 am | Reply
  2. Carolyn

    William and Kate are such a wonderful and beautiful couple. What a joy it is to read about their lives and look forward to reading about Prince George

    August 19, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply

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