Father of twins, Prince Albert has shared some advice for soon-to-be dad George Clooney. The reason is, of course, that Clooney and his wife Amal will soon become parents of twins – a situation which Prince Albert knows very well himself because he and his wife Charlène have two-year-old twins, Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco and Princess Gabriella.
“George should pour himself a good cup of coffee each morning,” – Albert of Monaco shared. “I know that sounds pretty standard but it’s really, really important.” Apart from “strong coffee,” Albert, who shares two-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella with wife Princess Charlene, also suggested “easy reading.”
And before Clooney’s twins arrive, Albert recommends the actor familiarize himself with his new role by reading up.
“There’s actually a very good little book on being a father of twins,” said Prince Albert. A Dad’s Guide to Twins, by Joe Rawlinson “was really helpful,” he said. “It has some sound advice and is pretty easy to read.” He admits that his own copy remains extremely well thumbed.
And George better get “some sleep stored away before the babies are born,” Albert says with a smile.
“Fortunately for Charlene and for me, that was never really an issue,” he admits. “Gabriella and Jacques were relatively good sleepers from the start. Of course, there were — still are — nights where they have to be in the bedroom with us.
“I know it seems very common sense, but having a separate room — in our case a nursery — or even a separate area prepared makes it easier for both parents to get some sleep in turns.”
And when it comes to learning to tell twins apart, Albert didn’t have much trouble.
“That’s actually less of an issue than you might think,” he says as he proudly shows off baby photos on his phone. “They’re different from one another, they move differently — and in our case, Jacques was much smaller than his sister when they were born, it was pretty easy to pick him out.”
Soon after the twins were born in 2015, Albert admitted that fatherhood “changes your outlook. You learn to think more ahead. I kind of knew I would be evolving. Other fathers told me that, and it’s true. You have to take your time, take advantage of every moment you can because it goes by so quickly.”
“They grow pretty quickly. Jacques is already a big boy,” Albert adds with a smile.
And the chaos of life at home with twins that follows should just be taken in stride.
“We are really happy and really excited. It’s going to be an adventure,” – George Clooney said. – “We’ve sort of embraced it all… with arms wide open.” Also the Oscar winner admitted that his wife had vetoed his moniker suggestions for their impending bundles of joy. “My wife says I can’t name them Casa and Amigos. That’s the one thing I’m not allowed to do,” the 55-year-old joked with Entertainment Tonight, adding, “It was just a thought. I mean, you know, it’s a family business.”