Royal birthday tradition started by Diana sees George handed impossible gifts

Prince George’s godmother is continuing a birthday tradition for the “feisty” royal which Princess Diana started.

Julia Samuel, a psychotherapist who founded the Child Bereavement UK charity and was one of Diana’s best friends, has remained close to Prince William and Prince Harry since their mum’s tragic death.

She also loves treating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s kids on their birthday.

Julia told the How To Fail With Elizabeth Day podcast in 2020: “I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making.”

She added: “William then has to spend days putting together.

“And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.”

Watching William mess around with the toys “make me laugh, and it makes George laugh”.

Diana’s friend thinks the royal would have adored her grandson.

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Julia continued: “He’s funny and feisty and cheeky, and God, [Diana] would have loved him so much.”

George turns eight on July 22 – and may be set for a big move to the Royal County of Berkshire.

He currently attends Thomas's School in Battersea, but the prince could follow in his dad's footsteps and move to a boarding school, it is claimed.

William boarded at Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight, before attending Eton, as did his brother Harry.

The Cambridges had been enquiring about schools in Berkshire for their children, as well as suitable nearby residences, the Daily Mail reported last month.

William and Kate raising their family in the capital is not understood to be part of their long-term plans.

However, the newspaper cited sources who said that Kensington Palace would remain their London base, and will continue to do so after they become the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royals blog, later told the Daily Star that younger sister Princess Charlotte would be able to cope with the change.

Ms Daly said: "Charlotte will of course miss her big brother, as any child would.

“But she will be fine when Prince George heads off to boarding school. She seems like a very independent child.

“Something she would have been taught at a young age with her Montessori education.”

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