Dr Anna Whitelock on future levels of interest in the Royal Family
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Prince William and Kate’s three children will be the first generation of royal children to grow up in the digital age of social media. With regards to Prince George’s approach towards social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, a royal historian told Express.co.uk that this would likely be “negotiated”, in order to ensure that the future king retains a certain element of privacy in his personal life.
Royal historian Dr Anna Whitelock told Express.co.uk: “I think that this is something that will have to be negotiated and also, the question presupposes that there’s going to be a sustained level of interest in all of them.
“That all remains to be seen, how social attitudes evolve after the Queen’s death towards the monarchy and the Royal Family.”
In recent years, the Royal Family have modernised their approach to social media, with several members of the family maintaining an official account on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
Kensington Palace regularly uploads photographs to the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to notify the public of their engagements.
Princess Eugenie also maintains a personal account, and regularly posts sweet tributes to her family, her husband Jack Brooksbank and to her sister, Princess Beatrice.
However, younger members of the family, such as Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13, have opted against platforms such as Facebook.
Prince William’s three children will be the first generation of royals to attend school and university with the possibility of a social media presence.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have so far, ensured that their three children have been raised in relative privacy. Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, are rarely photographed in public aside from their appearances at formal engagements such as Trooping the Colour.
As a keen photographer, Kate will often release an official image that she has taken to mark their birthdays.
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The couple appealed to the tabloid press during the early years of their marriage to respect their children’s privacy, after a number of attempts were made by the paparazzi to secretly take images of the young Prince George.
In 2015, Kensington Palace issued an appeal to the world media not to publish unauthorised images of the then-two-year-old Prince, stating that a “line had been crossed”.
Since then, the couple have raised their children in privacy at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, their London and Norfolk homes.
In a rare public appearance, Prince George accompanied his parents to Wembley Stadium to support England’s football team during the European Championships final.
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After Gareth Southgate’s team lost in the final round of penalties, Prince William could be seen consoling his eldest son in the royal box.
During his own childhood, Buckingham Palace struck an agreement with the British press, to ensure that they would not harass the future king during his years at Eton College.
He also adopted the alias Steve during his time at St Andrew’s University, in order to ensure that the paparazzi were unable to follow his location.
Despite these measures, however, his brother Prince Harry has attacked the Royal Family’s approach to the press in recent interviews.
During a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke of Sussex criticised his father’s handling of the paparazzi, arguing that more could have been done to protect him and Prince William from the media scrutiny they endured as teenagers and young men.
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