Despite his royal title, Prince William is a doting father to his three children: 5-year-old George, 3-year-old Charlotte, and 5-month-old Louis.

But just like any parent, the Duke of Cambridge sometimes needs time away from his little ones. And his recent trip to Namibia this week provided just that.

The prince attended the British High Commissioner’s reception to speak about important matters like conservation, but made a lighthearted joke about getting some time away from his beloved family, reports CafeMom.

He told the crowd that his wife, Duchess Kate, was watching their kids at home:

“I’m delighted to be visiting Namibia for the first time. I’m only sorry that my wife Katherine is not able to join me — she is immensely jealous.”

And that he couldn’t help but appreciate the break:

“I’m particularly looking forward to a few good uninterrupted nights of sleep this week; away from my wonderful children.”

Though Prince William was just making a joke, his words may have some truth to them.

After welcoming Prince Louis in April, the father of three said:

“Two is fine — I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three, I’m going to be permanently tired.”

He has also stated that his eldest child, Prince George, is “known to be particularly vocal at 3 a.m.”

It seems that being a prince doesn’t do much to help escape the sometimes exhausting side of parenting.

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