Prince George and Princess Charlotte already know there’s nothing just like the bond between brother and sister.
Whether or not they’re stealing the present at royal weddings or casually kicking round a soccer ball whereas dad Prince William performs polo, the royal siblings’ relationship is strengthened by their distinctive upbringing — in any case, most youngsters don’t name Queen Elizabeth “Gan Gan.”
“They are close in age, and they spend so much time together,” an insider tells PEOPLE on this week’s cowl story. “Playdates can be tricky, so they learn to lean on each other.”
That’s to not say the pair aren’t with out their variations — Prince George, 6, is “more reserved” whereas Princess Charlotte, 4, is “more outgoing.” As well as, they’ll be ready for very totally different roles with George third in line to be monarch (after grandfather Prince Charles and pa Prince William).
The youngsters’s various personalities had been on show at their dad and mom’ charity crusing race final week, with Charlotte playfully protruding her tongue at one level.
“Kate just handled it wonderfully,” says a longtime royal observer. “She just laughed, and it was really lovely to see. For once you looked at them and thought, ‘They’re a family,’ rather than ‘the royal family.’ ”
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Whereas Prince Louis, 1, is rapidly catching as much as his older siblings — Kate has mentioned she’s “running after him all the time” — George and Charlotte will quickly share extra time collectively. In just some weeks, the little princess will be part of her massive brother at Thomas’s Battersea, a $23,000-per-year non-public college some three miles from the household’s Kensington Palace house.
“She can’t wait to be with George at big school,” says the insider. “She is so excited about it all.”