Prince William Talks Fatherhood at First Public Appearance


Prince William made his first public speech as a new dad on Wednesday, joking that fatherhood is tougher than he thought it would be, according to a story published on the BBC. 

Without Kate Middleton by his side, the Duke of Cambridge stopped by the Anglesey Show, a two-day agricultural event in Anglesey, Wales, the town where he and Middleton once lived while he was stationed at the Royal Air Force base. According to a story published on E! Online, the prince was scheduled to meet with local farmers, view cattle judging, and peruse 350 trade stands showcasing agricultural products, clothing, and crafts. 

The prince spoke to a crowd of approximately 56,000 people, sharing anecdotes about caring for newborn son, George Alexander Louis

"My Welsh pronunciation is bad, but it is slowly getting better, I hope. Catherine is sorry that she cannot be here today at the County Show," he said. "But she and George would have loved to have been here. He's pretty loud but of course, extremely good looking!"

He also joked about the exhaustion that comes with being a new dad. "I have to say that I thought search and rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a 3-week-old baby is up there!" 

Prince William then thanked the crowd for hosting him and Kate Middleton in their town, saying, "I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey. The views across the Menai Straits are undoubtedly among the most stunning in the British Isles. I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my search and rescue tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere."

The royal couple has been living with Middleton's parents at their home in Bucklebury, England since the birth of Prince George on July 22. Two days after Middleton gave birth, the family posed for photographers upon leaving the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, and Prince William told reporters of his new son, "He's got a good pair of lungs on him.” When a reporter asked if George had hair, William replied, "He's got way more than me. Thank God."