She may be married to a prince, but Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a down-to-earth modern woman. Not only is she often spotted recycling her stylish outfits, it is clear that she’s also an extremely hands-on mum to her two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess has been making the headlines after she was photographed gently but firmly reprimanding Prince George for acting up at her sister Pippa’s glamorous wedding over the weekend. The fact that she was unafraid to show her no-nonsense mum side in public was particularly impressive.
Here are four other memorable parenting moments from Kate Middleton:
• When she bent to speak to Prince George during a royal visit to Canada.
— Cosmopolitan UK (@CosmopolitanUK) September 27, 2016
Though considered a royal faux pas (Prince William was once chastised by his grandmother for a similar action), Kate was photographed bending down to Prince George’s level to speak to him when the family was on royal tour in Canada. This not only showed her motherly instincts, but also proved that she is a mother who engages in active listening with her kids.
• When she allowed her kids to have fun.
George with his Bubble gun, charlotte with her Balloons! pic.twitter.com/gnSe91aSe5
— Gert's Royals (@Gertsroyals) September 29, 2016
Kate knows that even though her children are little royals, it would be unrealistic to expect them to be prim and proper all the time. After all, kids need to have some fun. At this party, which was a part of their Canada tour in late 2016, both kids got the opportunity to spend some time playing: Prince George with his bubble gun and Princess Charlotte with balloons and later, a big burly dog.
• When she shared her belief that children should be encouraged to speak about their emotions.
In 2016, Kate took over as guest editor for Huffington Post and in her editor’s note, she shared her belief that children should not be afraid to express themselves and to seek help if necessary. She wrote: “We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older.”
Prince Williams is clearly on the same page. In an interview with CALMzine this year, he said: “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings …… Emotional intelligence is key for us all to deal with the complexities of life and relationships.”
• When she was open about her parenting woes.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 23, 2017
Parenting isn’t easy and even royals like Kate struggle. Speaking at a charity event in London, she shared: “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge…..There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance.”