Even future kings have rules. Prince George, who is enjoying playing computer games at the age of eight, is subject to strict limits on his screen time at home, the Duke of Cambridge has disclosed.
The Duke, who visited young computer game designers at the new headquarters of Bafta on Thursday, said his elder son “in particular” loves computer games, adding that he and the Duchess try to “regulate screen time” for their children.
“At the moment it’s trying to regulate the gaming… monitoring screen time,” he said. “Got to be careful of that.
“They’re fascinated by it. George particularly. He’s more interested in it. The other two are a bit too small at the moment but they love the films.
“I adore film and gaming as well.”
He did not specify which games the children are allowed to play, but the Duke and Duchess have previously disclosed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been fans of the Lion King, Paddington, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, and How to Train Your Dragon.
During an official visit to open the refurbished home of Bafta in Piccadilly, London, the Duke tried out a computer game which captures carbon, called ‘Net Carbon’ and was first exhibited during COP26 in Glasgow last year.
‘Mentoring is helpful’
Taking the controls, he told its 20-year-old creator Harry Petch, of Bafta Young Game Designers: “I like this for school, it is a great way to teach the kids.”
The Duke also helped to launch the Prince William Scholarship, funded by Bafta to help disadvantaged young people break into the screen creative industries.
He was joined by actress Suranne Jones and BBC Three presenter Annie Price, who take part in a Bafta mentoring scheme to nurture up-and-coming talent, and their two mentees Lily Blunsom-Washbrook and Roxanne McKenzie.
The Duke was joined by actress Suranne Jones and BBC Three presenter Annie Price, who take part in a Bafta mentoring scheme to nurture up-and-coming talent, and their two mentees Lily Blunsom-Washbrook and Roxanne McKenzie Credit: REUTERS
Miss McKenzie told the Duke: “It can seem an impossible dream to reach so mentoring is helpful.”
He replied: “It is such a big enormous industry so having mentoring support and bursary is important.”
Speaking as President of Bafta, the Duke said of the bursary: “I am hugely proud of Bafta’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that young talent from all walks of life are given every possible opportunity to build and develop successful careers in the film, games, and television industries.
“The redevelopment of 195 Piccadilly has created fantastic new learning spaces to ensure that future generations can receive the support they need to thrive.”