Could royal baby Prince George Alexander Louis grow up to be more like the Middletons than the Windsors?
If you look at his first few days, the answer could be yes. How do we know?
After leaving the hospital on July 23 for Kensington Palace, Kate Middleton and Prince William stayed at the royal home for only a night before heading to the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, where Kate's mom Carole and Michael live. Kate and the royal baby are expected to rest up at the Middleton's home for some time as Will will soon return to work, meaning Prince George will spend the beginning of his life around Kate's fam and away from Will's royal relatives, like dad Prince Charles and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. Additionally, Kate, who spent her final week of pregnancy in Bucklebury, has proven in the past that she likes spending time at her parents' to get out of the spotlight.
"The Middleton influence on this child will be undoubtedly quite strong," Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch told Today Wednesday. "Over the years that he has been with Kate, William has been able to go there [to Michael and Carole Middleton's home in Bucklebury] and enjoy an ordinary, middle-class family life. His children will be able to do the same."
However, Prince George is still third in line for the throne behind Charles and Will, meaning he won't completely be devoid of a royal lifestyle and royal duties. "We know that Prince Charles is a doting father," Today royal contributor Camilla Tominey said. "He perhaps didn't get the credit that he deserved when William and Harry were being brought up—that went to Diana. But he's going to be there."
Another interesting note to point out is that Kate's parents were the first to meet their new grandson. Carole and Michael visited Kate and the baby at the hospital before Charles and wife Camilla got the chance to stop by the hospital later that same day.
While the royal baby will probably benefit from the Middletons' influences, he definitely won't go without the benefits that come from Will's royal family.
Prince George was born on Monday, July 22, at 4:24 local time. One day later, Will and Kate introduced their newborn to the public before leaving the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital for Kensington Palace.
Tune in to the E! News special, A Royal Family, hosted by Catt Sadler tonight at 8 p.m. PT.