On Sunday, England’s Princess Kate, accompanied by her four-year-old son George and her three-year-old daughter Charlotte, was photographed with her children playing in the sun at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, while the children’s father, Prince William, was playing in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy. That would seem innocent enough, but photographs of young Prince George elicited outrage for one reason: he was playing with a toy gun.
Other photographs showed young George playing with a knife and handcuffs; all part of his fascination with police. Last November, George’s father William got a request list from George for Christmas that had only one item listed: a toy police car.
Later, in March, at a reception honoring the Metropolitan Police, an officer joked that George could join the police cadets; William reportedly replied, “Well, he does like the police at the moment.”
In opposition to George’s penchant for police paraphernalia, here are some sample comments from Twitter: “Sad to see George playing with a gun when the whole country has a gun/knife crime situation.” “Thought he was a sensitive child. Better if he was seen playing with a toy car or football. Sadly the royals will never change.”
He’s four years old.