This past weekend, Prince William took part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at a polo club in England. As he galloped around the field, his wife, Kate Middleton, cheered him on as their older children frolicked nearby. But while little Charlotte played with some sunglasses, it's what young Prince George had in his hands that upset a lot of folks on Twitter. The three-year-old royal was playing with a toy gun.
Along with pointing the plastic firearm at his mom, he also aimed it at other children. Many people have found the photos of him with the pretend weapon disturbing.
The images have caused a debate on Twitter:
This isn’t okay anymore... My American side here, biased maybe b/c of everyday #gunviolence in USA,but my British side agrees. No child in this day and age should look at any gun as a fun toy. This looks far too real. .(And I LOVE Prince George, don’t get me wrong!) @teamtrace pic.twitter.com/UEqtFi5WTH— Daisy Torme (@daisytorme) June 10, 2018
It’s not a joke some people lose their lives because their children thought they played with a toy and it was a real gun !! pic.twitter.com/IBJqQrXnef— Just Juliette (@RoyalDetective8) June 10, 2018
And it should be mentioned that a gun that color (instead of bright kid type colors, if you must give the kid a gun at all) makes it a dangerous toy for the child. Someone could (as cops have in the past) mistake it for real and "defend" themselves against the child tragically.— Laurie M (@IHateCilantro) June 10, 2018
Sad to see George playing with a gun when the whole country has a gun/knife crime situation. Maybe in training for killing wild life in later years. Thought he was a sensitive child. Better if he was seen playing with a toy car or football. Sadly the royals will never change. 😣— Adrina M Price (@SingingDri) June 10, 2018
Y'all are too pressed that Prince George plays with a toy gun. Can't kids have fun anymore? Ffs.— oops (@waffleroseland) June 11, 2018
People are complaining because Prince George had a plastic gun 🙄 I had a plastic gun when I was little guess what I grew out of it I didn’t grow up to be a mass shooter or become obsessed with guns I hate guns now so just leave the boy alone and let him be a child— Roxanne Fowler (@Roxanne_Tegan) June 10, 2018
What part of "TOY" don't you get? Find something else to be outraged about. There are lots of options!— David Bailey, MBA (@dbphotos) June 11, 2018
Cars (driven by people) kill people too. Should kids stop playing with toy cars also? Should Hot Wheels go out of business?— I'AuMatu (sound it out) 🎧 (@AllahUniversal) June 11, 2018
As yet, the royal family has not commented on George's choice of toys.
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