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Why Prince George is part of a secret "Group of 8"

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Why Prince George is part of a secret "Group of 8"

Prince George has a lot of things us regular people don't—like a security team and a nursery in a palace. Baby George also has an exclusive club protecting his royal future—the " Group of 8." This is the nickname given to the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and the lucky girl he marries. What is the "Group of 8?" Rumours of this group began back in 2012 during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Usually the entire royal family makes balcony appearances. But for the Jubilee celebrations only those with a direct line to the throne got to wave to the crowds from Buckingham Palace—not even the Queen's three other children, Anne, Andrew and Edward, were invited. This is when rumours of a slimmed down monarchy began to swirl. It makes sense to have fewer royals with official duties—it's just bad PR to have so many royals being funded by tax dollars. So I can see why the " Group of 8" was probably created. Though there is no confirmation from the Palace that this group actually exists. Will and Kate's popularity makes them the logical pair to represent the monarchy at as many events as possible—they're rumoured to be taking baby George on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. And no one can resist Prince Harry's charming and slightly wild ways. These three royals, plus Harry's future wife, are responsible for leading the monarchy through the 21st century. But even more than that, it's their job to protect baby George's future as the King of the United Kingdom. What's Prince George's role in this secret group? When Prince George was born, people wondered if he would ever actually be king—the monarchy could be abolished by then. So the "Group of 8" is responsible for making sure that doesn't happen by keeping the monarchy popular. Luckily the "Firm," as the monarchy has been called, is in the capable hands of Kate Middleton. This commoner is showing the world that the stiff monarchy is actually in touch with the real people, Duchess Kate often repeats clothes and even wears affordable clothes from stores like Zara and Topshop. Kate, she's just like us! And for the most part, Kate seems like a normal mom. She didn't feel the need to go the celebrity route and hide her post-baby belly. In fact, she embraced her baby belly in her polka dot Jenny Packham dress. Kate also chose not to spend her first few weeks of motherhood in Kensington Palace. Instead she went to her family's home, depending on her mom for support in those rough first few weeks with a new baby. Kate now does have a nanny—Prince William's former nanny Jessie Webb. But for those first couple weeks, Kate didn't have a nanny and had Grandma Carole watch George when she made her first post-pregnancy appearance. So I think with Mummy Kate at hand, Prince George's future as a monarch is looking bright—even brighter than the crown jewels. (Photo: Keystone Press.) Watch this: Duchess Catherine is reportedly told to wear more pattern and colour.
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