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Prince William and Duchess Kate Raising Their Kids ‘As Normal As Possible’

Prince William and Kate Middleton don’t want their kids receiving the royal treatment. Though Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 10 months, live in a 10-bedroom Georgian estate in Norfolk, England — and have a second 20-room spread at Kensington Palace in London — the tots “are living as normal lives as possible,” a Middleton family friend says in the new issue of Us Weekly.

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To that end, the 33-year-old future king — who declared after George’s July 2013 birth, “I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself” — and his bride, 34, try to take turns making the roughly 10-mile trip to George’s pre-school for drop-off duty, says a source. And the tyke, who has half days at East Walton’s Westacre Montessori School three days a week, relishes the trip.

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“He’s taken to it like a duck to water,” says a source close to the couple. “Every morning he’ll ask if he’s going to school, and he will get disappointed when the answer is, ‘Not today.’”

His little sis is making moves as well. The family friend says the tiny royal has started crawling: “She’s quite mobile.”

And she’s often chasing after her mom. “She loves to shadow her mother around the house,” says the source close to the couple. “If Kate is in the study, Charlotte wants to be in the study. If Kate’s cooking, Charlotte wants to be right next to her, watching her at work. She just prefers to be around her mum and can put on a bit of a performance if you try and make it any other way.”

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With two big personalities at home, the duke and duchess are holding off on adding another heir to the mix. “Before Charlotte was born, they wanted to have another straightaway,” says a Kate pal. “But now that the reality of two very active kids has set in, they’re quite happy to wait a little while longer!”

For more on the royals’ home life — and Prince George’s favorite toy — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!

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