The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently visited the Clitheroe Community Hospital in the north of England, where they met new parents Trudi and Alastair Barrie and their newborn daughter, Anastasia.

Kate had the opportunity to cradle Anastasia, prompting a loud ‘awww’ from her parents and other onlookers, while Prince William joked, “Don’t give my wife any more ideas!” After Kate carefully passed Anastasia back to her parents, William piped up again with, “Don’t take her with you”.

Prince William and Kate have three children together: Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince louis, three. In 2020, Kate hinted that William did not want any more children while meeting with fans in Yorkshire, telling one fan, “I don’t think William wants any more.”

William has previously opened up about fatherhood, saying that having children made him “a lot more emotional than I used to be”, explaining, “I never used to get too wound up or worried about things. But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father.

“Just because you realise how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective. The idea of not being around to see your children grow up [is horrible].”

The couple had travelled to Lancashire on Thursday to meet with hospital staff and thank them for their work during the pandemic. While there, Kate also enjoyed a cuddle with 10-week-old cockapoo Alfie, who will be trained as a therapy dog.

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