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Being a member of the Royal Family, you can imagine it would be easy to get a little spoilt. After all, when you live in a palace, get waited on hand and foot and never have to work a day in your life, it's unlikely that you're going to have to trudge through the rain in your slippers just to get a can of Irn Bru and a Cornetto too often - you have staff to trudge for you.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, however, are intent that their offspring aren't going to grow up as spoiled brats. While it is likely that little George and Charlotte will get what they want - a police car and a doll's house, apparently - their parents are, according to reports, reticent to shower them with gifts.
"They're both extremely careful. Receiving that many gifts wouldn't have a good effect on the kids," said a Middleton family friend to American magazine Us Weekly. "It's their worst nightmare."
"I think William and Kate love Christmas just as much as George and Charlotte. For them, it's about coming together and enjoying the holiday," the source added.
William and Kate will spend this Christmas at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, close to the town of Kings Lynn.
The family put up their Christmas tree at Kensington Palace in early December, using baubles that have familial significance to both the Windsors and Middletons, with the Us Weekly source saying that "Kate loves a traditional tree. It looks rather special by the time it's finished." They have a second tree in Norfolk, where they arrived last week.
This is the first Christmas where the Cambridges will be joined by the soon-to-be-newest-member of the Royal Family, actress Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry and his fiancée will be present for a three-day period over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Royals have traditionally opened their presents on Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas morning. What a life they lead, eh?
The Royal Family receive many presents from members of the public, only some of which make it as far as the children. Others are given to members of the Royal Household - essentially their staff - or donated away to toy banks. "On occasion, and where appropriate, items may be donated to organisations who can make good use of them," said the royal source.
"Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the warmth and generosity that has been extended to their children from members of the public."
Source: US Weekly
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