Prince William shows he's modern royal dad

  • Updated: August 19, 2013 - 7:18 PM
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– His newborn son is “a little bit of a rascal” and car seats can daunt any dad, Britain’s Prince William says. The second in line to the British throne has described his joy at introducing his son to the world on the steps of a London hospital last month — and about his nerves over fitting the car seat securely into the Land Rover before driving off.

William, below, told CNN in his first interview since Prince George’s birth on July 22 that both he and the Duchess of Cambridge couldn’t wait to show off their son when they emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital to meet the world’s media a day later. “I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through,” he said in an interview broadcast Monday.

William was quizzed on a range of child-rearing topics — from baby toys to diapers and sleep deprivation — and acknowledged that his expert performance sliding his child’s car seat into the back of the royal four-wheel drive was a well-drilled exercise. “Believe me, it wasn’t my first time. And I know there’s been speculation about that. I had to practice, I really did.”

William and his wife’s assured, do-it-yourself performance in front of the hospital helped cement the couple’s image as the modern face of Britain’s monarchy. But William said the decision to take his own baby in hand and drive home in the glare of the international press was a way of establishing his independence. “I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself,” he said. “And there are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over or it’s appropriate to do things differently. But I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me.”

Music of Coen film to take N.Y. stage

The Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett will celebrate the folk music of their 1960s Greenwich Village comic drama “Inside Llewyn Davis” with a concert in New York. The filmmakers announced Monday that they will host a concert Sept. 29 at New York’s Town Hall. Performing will be Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith, Jack White, Colin Meloy and others. Several of the film’s stars will also perform, including Oscar Isaac, who plays a folk singer struggling to make it in pre-Bob Dylan New York. The film, with music supervised by Burnett, opens Dec. 6 and features several authentic performances of lesser known songs from the late ’50s and early ’60s folk revival. A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation, which seeks to archive and preserve America’s musical heritage. The Coen brothers and Burnett memorably partnered for the Grammy-winning soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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