Summer is almost over, and the royal family is enjoying the final days of the season at Balmoral, as Prince William and Kate Middleton have dedicated their time off to their three children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
This break from school will be the royal family's first time visiting the property since Queen Elizabeth's death. Kate told Australia's Governor General David Hurley that Louis was curious about what their vacation would be like after losing his great-grandmother.
"The younger one is now asking questions like, 'Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral' and things like that, cause she's not going to be there," Kate said.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have taken a break from royal duties to build memories with their youngsters — though The Royal Observer previously reported the couple received criticism for stepping back from their duties.
"William and Kate have made it very clear that their children are their priority this summer holiday. They have blocked off much of the summer so that they can spend time with the children in the U.K.," a royal insider said.
Royal expert Richard Palmer thinks the couple's recess could hurt their reputation.
"I do think that is an issue for them as well. They’re very popular, they’re a huge asset to the U.K., but there have been eyebrows raised in other parts of the royal household about the amount of time they’re not doing official engagements," Palmer said.
Palmer later pointed out that the average household can't afford to stop working.
"There aren’t many families where both the father and mother are able to have 12 or 13 weeks with their children on all of their school breaks. I think there’s an awful lot of goodwill towards them but they do need to keep an eye on that," he explained.
"The Princess of Wales has made it clear that her children will remain her priority for the foreseeable future and when you hear William and Harry talking about his childhood and how their father was always at his desk or away somewhere, you can perhaps understand why that is a priority," he noted.
William and Kate were quoted by The Sun.