Brits want William and Kate return to their duties: Poll

Last Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 19:30

London: The British public want Prince William and Kate Middleton to return to their normal duties, rather than giving them up to spend more time with their baby, the future King.

Now that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had their baby boy, the public think the Royal couple should return to their duties soon, just like anybody else, a poll has found.

YouGov research for the Sunday Times found that the majority (69 per cent) of British adults think it is fair for William, 31, to take paternity leave from his role as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, but 72 per cent also say he should "return to his RAF role" rather than giving it up "to spend more time with the baby."

Only five per cent of 1,877 British adults surveyed said William should give up the role, but 23 per cent don`t know or don`t care."

When it comes to the baby`s 31-year-old mother, Kate, the majority (56 per cent) say she should "return to carrying out royal duties" rather than giving them up to spend more time with the baby.

Compared to William, however, more (20 per cent) think she should give up her royal duties. Again, 25 per cent "don`t know or don`t care," YouGov research, a portal for news and opinion on UK Government and politics, said.

As soon as the royal couple left St Mary`s hospital, Paddington, a aide confirmed that there are no immediate plans to hire a nanny for George Alexander Louis, third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

The public, however, are not so decided, as 38 per cent say they should hire one and 37 per cent say they should not. 25 per cent, however, "don`t know or don`t care."
In line with public expectation, William will take two week`s statutory paternity leave from the RAF, and will be paid 136.78 pounds per week.

He has been on annual leave for the last week, as was his father Prince Charles who also broke royal tradition to be with his wife Princess Diana for the birth of their children.

First Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 19:24

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