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Prince William Worries About Not Being Around to See George and Charlotte Grow Up

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October at Kensington Palace.Chris Jelf /Kensington Palace via Getty Images

A father’s plight. Prince William revealed in a recent interview with British talk show hosts Ant and Dec that becoming a father has drastically changed the way he acts and interacts with the world.

“I’m a lot more emotional than I used to be. Yeah, weirdly,” he said on the ITV documentary set to air on Monday, January 4. “I never used to really get too wound up or worried about things but now the smallest little things can get — I can feel — you well up a little bit more.”

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William, 33, shares son George, 3, and daughter Charlotte, 7 months, with wife Kate Middleton.

The prince added that the thought of not being there for his children troubles him.

“You get affected by things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father, just because you realize how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective, the idea of not being around to see your children grow up and stuff like that,” he said.

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William and his younger brother Harry, 31, lost their own mother when they were young boys, on August 31, 1997. But Princess Diana still had a huge impact on their lives, William explained.

“From some of the earliest memories, I remember my mother and father taking us to charities and organizations and showing us, you know, what goes on,” he said. “And I think it’s seeing such a broad spectrum of life, it’s really important from a young age, to give you a bit of perspective to go, ‘You know, you don’t just live in a palace.’ It’s very important you get out and you see what goes on in the real world.”

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