The birth of Prince William and his wife Kate’s second baby will cap a momentous four years for Britain’s golden couple, completing their journey from student sweethearts to regal domesticity. The couple have cultivated an image as down-to-earth parents ever since William drove his new family home from hospital after the birth of Prince George in 2013, his hands-on approach being in stark contrast to previous generations of royal fathers. The 32-year-old has proudly boasted of changing George’s first nappy, talked about how he balanced sleepless nights with his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot and admitted ‘a lot of things affect me differently’ since becoming a father. But the illusion of normality is periodically exposed, such as when it was revealed that taxpayers footed the £4.5 million ($6.7 million, 6.1 million euros) bill for refurbishing their 20-room Kensington Palace

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