Nearly a month after welcoming son Prince George, Prince William is opening up for the first time about fatherhood and how Kate Middleton is as a new mom
"[Kate's] doing a fantastic job," the royal tells CNN's Max Foster in a special titled Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope. "[She's] very well."
One day after the royal baby's birth on July 22, William and Kate introduced the future King of England to the world outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital.
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"I think more shock and dauntingness was the feeling I felt," he said laughing as he talked about the big reveal. "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."
The trio headed home to Kensington Palace moments later — with William behind the wheel.
When Foster asked him about that moment and noted how he made it look so easy carrying George in the car seat, William explained it wasn't his first time doing so.
"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 the door wasn't going to close properly," said the new dad. "So, I had actually practiced with that seat, but only once before."
And the 31-year-old had a lot of pride in making the decision to drive them home himself.
"I am as independent as I want to be. And same as Catherine and Harry. We've all grown up, um, differently to other generations. And I very much feel if I can do it myself I want to do it myself. And there are times when you can't do it yourself and the system takes over or it's appropriate to do things differently," he explained. "But, I think driving your son and your wife away from the hospital was really important to me. And I don't like fuss so it's much easier to just do it yourself."Prince William Steps Out to Play Polo After Son Prince George's Birth
As for baby George, William shared, "he's a little bit of a rascal, put it that way. So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I'm not sure. But he's doing very well at the moment. He does like to keep having his nappy changed."
And, yes, he did change the first diaper, which is called a "nappy" in the UK.
"I had every midwife staring at me, going "You do it. You do it". But he's growing quite quickly actually. But he's a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot. And he doesn't want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem."
Just as many new parents experience, Kate and William haven't been getting much sleep. And William, who says he's eager to get back to work, admitted he's been getting more sleep than Kate.
As for their adorable pooch Lugo, he's coming around to the baby just fine.
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"He's coping all right, actually. As a lot of people know who have got dogs and bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but, no he's been all right so far," said William. "He's been slobbering sort of around the house a bit, so he's perfectly happy."
This much is certain: parenthood has certainly changed Wills.
"I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself," William confided. "And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now."
Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope premieres on CNN on Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET.
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