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William jokes he needs ‘toothpicks’ to keep his eyes open

Any parent will be all too familiar with the sleepless nights that come with raising young children.

And it seems that even royalty are not exempt to the trials that come with raising toddlers with the Duke of Cambridge admitting fatherhood has taken it out of him.

According to Hello! the 35-year-old royal joked that he needed ‘toothpicks’ to keep his eyes open at a Wales vs Australia rugby game on Saturday.

Prince William has admitted to needing ‘toothpicks’ to keep his eyes open due to the sleepless nights that come with raising two children. Pictured: William with Kate, Charlotte and George

Speaking to well-wishers ahead of the match William said: ‘I do need toothpicks to keep my eyes open because of the kids.’

He added that he was disappointed not to see Welsh player Sam Warburton play, who was taken out of the game due to injury.

He continued: ‘Sam in the Lions was absolutely fantastic. I was shouting at my TV during those games.’ 

This is not the first time that Prince William has opened up about life as a parent having spoken candidly about fatherhood on several occasions.

Last year, during an interview with Talk Vietnam the royal admitted to ‘struggling’ with parenthood. 

The Duke of Cambridge made the comments during a rugby match between Wales and Australia on Saturday 

The Duke of Cambridge made the comments during a rugby match between Wales and Australia on Saturday 

William explained how at first he had found it hard to adapt from being a single young bachelor to a married father-of-two.

The Prince, second in line to the throne, also hit out at materialism and said he wants his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte to grow up with ‘simple aspirations’.  

Speaking about his children during the 25-minute interview, the Duke said: ‘There’s wonderful highs and wonderful lows. It’s been quite a change for me personally. 

‘I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine, she’s an amazing mother and a fantastic wife.

‘But I’ve struggled at times. The alteration from being a single independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing.

‘I adore my children very much and I’ve learnt a lot about myself and about family just from having my own children. 

‘George is a right little rascal sometimes, he keeps me on my toes but he’s a sweet boy. And Charlotte, bearing in mind I haven’t had a sister so having a daughter is a very different dynamic.

‘So I’m learning about having a daughter, having a girl in the family.’ 


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