The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, admitted to missing her children as she visited Panbari village on the fourth day of her royal tour. Prince William and Kate met with locals at the village following their tour of Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday morning, and revealed the real reason they didn't bring their children along on the trip.
The royal couple said Prince George is too "naughty" to join them in India, and joked that he would be "running around" the community centre, which sits on the border of the Kaziranga National Park.
William and Kate visited Panbari village on Wednesday
Village elders gathered to meet the royals couldn't resist asking about the absence of their two children, to which Kate reportedly replied: "Because George is too naughty. He would be running all over the place. The next time we come we will definitely bring them."
Kate admitted to missing the children, as it is the first prolonged period she has spent apart from them, and said that the little girls dancing in the village reminded her of Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess had changed into a pink midi Topshop dress for her visit to the village, and was greeted by several hundred villagers upon their arrival. The royal couple were met by "Headman" Dhurba Krishna Das, 32, who placed traditional embroidered scarves, called gamchas around their necks – a custom in this region of Assam.
Kate admitted to missing Prince George and Princess Charlotte
After entering the building, William and Kate sat on bamboo mats and learned about how the village was established in the 1970s, and how it now grows tea due to the local elephant and wildlife population.
William asked: "How do the local people view the elephants and rhinos, are they considered sacred?" They were told the villagers "love" the elephants because they happily live alongside them.
The Duke and Duchess then met with members of the local community and were treated to a traditional dance performance, before driving the short distance to a typical home and tea plantation.
The royal couple joked that Prince George was "too naughty" to come on the tour
There they were greeted by local couple Tilasha Das and his wife Utala, who talked about life in the village and their two small tea plantations. They presented Kate with a beautiful red scarf that Utala had woven especially for the occasion, which the grateful Duchess described as "so special".
The couple will continue their day by visiting the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, before visiting the Mark Shand Foundation, where they will see the work that is being carried out and decorate 'Elephant Parade' statues.