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Prince George Meets Child Of Gay Parents For Playdate: VIDEO


As part of their official royal tour of New Zealand, their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took time for a play date with a group of first time parents whose children are all around the same age as their son, Prince George.

GeorgeThe play date was put on by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (a.k.a. Plunket) which provides free parental support services to more than nine in ten babies. The 10 couples invited to the play date included a gay couple and their daughter Isabella. Jared Mullen, originally from Oregon, and husband Ryan Tunstall, originally from Australia, were chosen to “represent the growing numbers of same-sex couples in New Zealand who use Plunket’s parental support services,” as The Telegraph reports:

Tristine Clark, New Zealand president of Plunket, said: “The parents are a spread of all the communities in New Zealand, including Maoris, Samoans, people of Chinese descent and gay couples. This is a very multi-cultural country and we wanted the Duke and Duchess to meet people from all backgrounds.”

Mrs Clark said the Duke and Duchess did not specifically ask to meet a gay couple, leaving the choice of parents entirely down to Plunket.

Mullen and Tunstall spoke of their experience meeting the Cambridges shortly after the play date. From Wales Online: 

Mr Mullen said: "Isabella and George had a little play together, they were chums.

"In a way all we did was talk about babies.

"The Duke and Duchess were lovely, they were both very relaxed and we chatted about our experiences as first-time parents.

"He is a lovely little boy, very intrepid. The whole thing has been a huge privilege.

"It was lovely to meet the Duke and Duchess and share our beautiful children with them. They are both very lovely and loving parents."

You can watch a video of Prince George’s play date, AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. Let's destroy the British monarchy!

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 9, 2014 7:02:24 PM

  2. He's like everyone's baby. We'll get to see him grow up. He's showing a lot of character -- like a little Henry VIII.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 9, 2014 7:06:19 PM

  3. The fascination with this family (not the gay parents) is bizarre.

    Even if the monarchy isn't ended, can we at least end the sideshow aspect?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 9, 2014 7:22:33 PM

  4. @Randy: The sideshow aspect is pretty much all that's left.

    Posted by: Vint | Apr 9, 2014 7:47:50 PM

  5. Like our political system isn't 'bizarre'. I'd rather have a constitutional monarchy with pleasant and politically silent figureheads like Will and Kate than any republic that empowers people like Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee and Phil Bryant. I don't see the Queen of England passing gay segregation laws.

    Posted by: kennedy | Apr 9, 2014 10:33:44 PM

  6. @ Vint: Even though they all are incredibly tiresome by now, don’t overlook their cash and their castles, their security details, or their parliamentary perquisites. The entire society is essentially tailored to them.

    Posted by: JCTSF | Apr 10, 2014 1:54:25 AM

  7. Amen, Kennedy. I'll take HRH over any Presidential joke this country has had to offer.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Apr 10, 2014 7:06:03 AM

  8. I love kate middleton so much. That whole family is a gem

    Posted by: Junior | Apr 10, 2014 7:36:09 AM

  9. Your closest allies to the north are a Constitutional Monarchy so beware! Some day our $20 will probably have King George on it. Also it speaks volumes that the gay couple in New Zealand are guys from Oregon in the US and Australia, Two countries that are light years behind Canada, UK, and New Zealand in regards to gay marriage rights. This clip was shown on the Global, CTV, and CBC networks national news last night and the couple were interviewed and through the accents you could tell they were not Kiwis by birth.

    Posted by: Darrell | Apr 10, 2014 12:46:49 PM


    Posted by: MATTROCKS | Apr 11, 2014 1:05:53 AM

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