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Prince Albert of Monaco spoke exclusively with PEOPLE Royals about his 6-year-old twins

By Peter Mikelbank
February 25, 2021 09:00 AM
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Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco
Prince Albert, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella
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Prince Albert of Monaco is opening up about one of his biggest roles: dad!

Monaco's head of state spoke exclusively with the newly launched PEOPLE Royals magazine about being a father to 6-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella — and how different the royal siblings can be from one another.

"In very broad terms, Jacques is a little more shy and a little quieter, but he can also come up with some very funny things," Prince Albert says. "He's a great observer and loves to size up the situation. Then he'll go for it."

Meanwhile, Princess Gabriella is "a little more outgoing, and she definitely has the gift of gab."

"She's just a character who loves to dance and to sing," Albert continues. "She has no qualms about being in front of people."

Prince Jacques of Monaco salutes next to Princess Gabriella of Monaco
Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques
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Like families around the world, Prince Albert and wife Princess Charlene have had to face the challenges that come with homeschooling amid the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, Prince Albert says he can handle their math assignments — "they're not doing calculus or anything like that yet, which is what I'll have a little problem with!"

Prince Albert says the twins are "very curious about geography and science" at the moment.

"We went through a whole phase of them wanting to know all about the oceans and planets and everything about the solar system," he explains.

The new official photo of LL. AAAA. Ss. Ss. Prince Albert II and Princess Charl lène with Their Children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella will be available from Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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Although Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella are the children of Monaco's head of state, he's careful to let them enjoy their childhoods.

"It's basically just explaining to them in the simplest terms what [royal duty] is all about," Albert says. "We're not going to do a whole drilling process of explaining to them step-by-step what's expected from them."

He continues, "We don't want to put them into the spotlight too much. It's a case-by-case opportunity for now, so it remains special for them."

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