While he may be third in line to the British throne, Prince George has lived his life relatively out of the limelight. Aside from a number of public outings, the five-year-old has been allowed privacy to enjoy his childhood. His parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, have previously revealed some of the activities that he, and their other children – Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, 10 months – get to, or will get to, enjoy. This includes making pizza, and according to reports, swimming.
However, it seems that the young royals will unfortunately have to miss out on playing one game which many children have spent many hours playing in the past.
The game? Monopoly.
This board game, first created in 1935, sees players move around the board, buying and trading properties, and going on to develop them with houses and hotels.
For many, it causes great amusement – although that’s not to say that it’s a game which will be over quickly.
However, it may be that members of the Royal Family, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, will not get to spend time competing for the crown of the winner of Monopoly.
That’s because, in December 2008, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, said the family were not allowed to play it.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have, so far, lived their lives relatively out of the limelight (Image: GETTY)
His remark did not see him refer to royal protocol, but in fact, a rule said to have been instigated due to competition between family members taking part in the game hotting up.
“We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home,” he said at the time, The Telegraph reported.
“It gets too vicious.”
It may be that the Prince, now 59, who is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was referring to his own childhood, or that of his daughters Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 28.
And, while it’s not clear how much this so-called rule is stuck to, it may be that the wider Royal Family also avoid playing it in order to avoid any often-inevitable fall-outs.
Prince George may not get to play Monopoly due to Royal Family members getting too competitive (Image: GETTY)
Prince George is the great-nephew of Prince Andrew, pictured with Royal Family in 1968 (Image: GETTY)
Video games and iPads are also thought to have been off the list of toys which Kate and Prince William’s children are allowed.
Speaking to US Weekly, a source said of the electronic tablets: “They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children.
“As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination.”
Soon, the three children will have a young cousin, who they will likely get to play alongside with during their childhood.
That’s because Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who is the brother of Prince William, are expecting their first child together in spring.