The Prince, the play date and a small incident of theft
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (CNN) — Taking your baby along to a new playgroup can be nerve-wracking.
You don’t want any fuss, you just want to blend in. You hope, and pray that your kid isn’t the one that screams, hits or breaks something.
All you want is to slip in, sit down and be told how beautiful and well-behaved your little one is.
Prince George was put to the test Wednesday at a specially convened play group in Government House, Wellington, New Zealand.
The 8-month-old was never going to just slip in because he had brought the world’s media with him but he didn’t scream, hit or break anything … just one incident of theft.
Amelia Howe was playing with a plastic block. George grabbed it, Amelia screamed and Mr and Mrs Howe apologized to the Duchess.
They later explained that Amelia had hurt herself by biting down too hard on the toy.
“This one was chewing on a toy and she’s teething so she bit it and it obviously hurt her. She dropped it and the toy got flogged and that was the end of it,” her father said.
There were no hard feelings and the Howes are hoping Amelia will stay in touch with her new British playmate. A royal wedding in 30 years’ time?
The event was organized by the parental support group, Plunket, and a diverse group of families were invited including a single mum and gay couple.
All the 10 babies attending were born within a few weeks of Prince George. He was the biggest: “quite a bruiser” said one onlooker.
Parent Jared Mullen said the Duke and Duchess were “lovely first time parents.”
“In many ways they’re in the same boat as all of us who are trying to get used to it and it was just very nice to have a relaxed time,” he said, describing young George as “very intrepid.”
The playgroup was Prince George’s main event in New Zealand.
We don’t expect to see him at another engagement until the tour moves on to Australia.
This event was typically informal for William and Kate who swapped parental anecdotes (George is finally sleeping through the night apparently).
It may have felt like a regular playgroup but of course it wasn’t.
Who knows what most of them will do when they grow up. The world is their oyster.
One of them though has had his whole life mapped out for him. George is destined to be their King. He hasn’t got a clue about that yet of course.
In fact it’s the only time in his life that he will feel normal. For George, it was just a play date.
By Max Foster