How Prince William Is Breaking Royal Protocol By Traveling With His Son Prince George


Prince William is slowly breaking down one royal rule after another. The new dad and future King of England has already done certain things differently, from marrying a commoner with a college education (that would be Kate Middleton, of course) to not inviting many members of the royal family to his son Prince George's christening. And now he's changing another major rule so that he can spend more time with his son.

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Royal rules dictate that two direct heirs to the throne can never travel in the same airplane or car together in case there's an accident. But William, who will be bringing the wife and kid along for an official state trip to Australia and New Zealand in the spring, has decided he'd rather be on the same airplane as little George.

While the decision was partly made out of a desire to keep his family together, William is also conscious of how expensive it is to pay for two private planes and would like to cut the cost down by only using one.

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In the past, it was normal for royals to go on trips and leave their kids behind. William and brother Prince Harry were often left in the care of nannies while their dad Prince Charles went off on official royal duties. But it's clear that William wants to follow his late mom Princess Diana's example and be a more hands-on parent.

"There's no suggestion of them taking separate flights," a source close to the royals told the Daily Mail. The trip will last about a month all together.