Prince William has recently shared with the press many hopes he has for his and Kate Middleton's eldest son Prince George. As he told British GQ for their July 2017 cover story, he wants "George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there." Now, the future king has one more thing he wants for his son: live-saving skills!
Prince William was inspired to teach his son about dialing 999 (the U.K. equivalent of 911 in the U.S.) when he attended London's 2017 Pride of Britain Awards on Monday, October 30, and met 5-year-old Suzie McCash. When Suzie's mom collapsed and stopped breathing, the young girl called emergency responders and ended up saving her mother's life.
After McCash was honored with the Child of Courage award, she spent time chatting with Prince William who praised her for "brilliantly" handling an emergency. He then shared, "I have a 4-year-old called George, and if I gave him a telephone, I do not know what he would do... And do you know what? I'm going to have a conversation with my George about what to do because of what you've done. It's really important."
The prince also paid tribute to those who work in emergency services, stating, "We should all take a moment to understand and appreciate all emergency services personnel and what they achieve in their communities," William said.
Experts recommend that children learn how and why to call 911 from about the age of 4, so Prince George is right on schedule. Props to Suzie McCash for her brave, smart move and for inspiring Prince William. In turn, Prince George is sure to be fully prepared in case of an emergency!