William and Kate eschew crowns for life with nappies

Sat May 2, 2015 9:28am EDT
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - They are one of the most famous couples on the planet, one day destined to be Britain's king and queen.

But royal experts say what Prince William and wife Kate really want is as much normality as possible within the confines of being in the spotlight.

The eyes of the world have again turned on Queen Elizabeth's grandson and his wife, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with the birth of their second child, a girl.

Millions of people across the world tuned in to watch their sumptuous wedding in 2011 while the birth of Prince George two years later provoked an international media frenzy outside a hospital in west London.

But while they regularly grace the front pages of newspapers and magazines, and Kate is considered a fashion icon, commentators say what they really enjoy is having a normal family life away from the cameras.

Rather than crowns and tiaras, William and Kate will be eagerly looking forward to bath time and changing nappies.

"They've always tried to have the minimum amount of staff, they like to look after themselves as much as they can," royal historian Hugo Vickers told Reuters.

"I'm sure that they'll be again very hands on and very much wanting to be as normal a family as possible."   Continued...