Princess of Wales took the ‘dominant’ role in parenting Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Queen’s funeral and gave them ‘gentle directions’ while remaining ‘calm and natural’, expert claims
- Prince and Princess of Wales are ‘caring’ parents, said expert Stephanie Wallis
- Claimed Kate Middleton was more ‘dominant’ staying close to children all day
- Added William and Kate ‘hands on’ and ‘consistently’ teaching their children
The Prince and Princess of Wales were ‘calm and natural’ with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Queen’s funeral despite being under enormous scrutiny, a parenting expert has claimed.
Royal fans praised Prince William and Kate Middleton for being ‘wonderful’ parents after the nine-year-old heir to the throne and his seven-year-old sister behaved impeccably throughout the historic event on Monday.
George and Charlotte cut solemn figures as they joined royals for Her Majesty’s funeral at Westminster Abbey and her Committal Service in Windsor, where Charlotte was seen giving her older brother a lesson in royal protocol as she told him ‘to bow’.
Meanwhile William and Kate’s youngest child, Prince Louis, four, did not attend the funeral as he was likely considered too young.
Speaking to FEMAIL, parenting expert Stephanie Wallis explained how the Princess of Wales took a more ‘dominant parenting role’, leaving Prince William to focus on his position as a son, grandson, and heir to the throne.
She said the couple had used ‘gentle touches’ to interact with their children and guide them through the day, as well as informing the youngsters they were there for support.
British parenting expert Stephanie Wallis has explained how William and Kate have a ‘great interest’ when it comes to the upbringing of their children (pictured: a reassuring hand: The Princess of Wales puts her hand on the knee of her eldest son, Prince George, during the service at Westminster Abbey)
The parenting expert said Kate seemed to take the more dominant parenting role yesterday, staying closer to the children, giving them gentle directions when needed
‘William and Kate interact like loving and caring parents, parents whose every move is under great scrutiny as are their children’s,’ Stephanie said.
‘As parents we wish to protect our children as much as we can from situations in life control is limited when you are a part of the royal family, you have to work very carefully on your public interactions.
‘Kate seemed to take the more dominant parenting role at the funeral, staying closer to the children and giving them gentle directions when needed.
‘This allowed William to be fully focused on his role, not only as a father but as a son, a grandson and of course his dutifully role as Prince.’
The expert added that the Prince and Princess of Wales made sure they were ‘consistently’ teaching their children and offering regular guidance to them
She continued: ‘Both parents remained calm and natural, both in their own behaviours but also towards their children.
‘There were no forced interactions with their children and they gracefully took everything in their stride.
‘You got a real sense that they beautifully managed the fine balance between being present at the funeral in a personal capacity with their children and in their professional capacity as well.’
Stephanie, who is Founder of Safe and Sound Childcare Events, continued: ‘They are definitely hands on, something that they both will have been very keen to do.
‘They take great interest in their children’s upbringing, showing they are a real hands-on family with ‘family’ being at the very heart of their values as a married couple.
Stephanie pointed out how the couple used ‘guiding touches’ to interact with their children and let the youngsters know they were there (pictured)
‘Kate and William have shown us many times before how they also enjoy lots of fun times with their children and we’ve seen them really connecting with their children through fun playful behaviours which acts as wonderful bonding moments as a family.
‘Kate and William are also wonderful leaders as parents, consistently teaching and guiding their children, exploring the world, new cultures, new hobbies with them, encouraging their children to adopt a can-do attitude.’
Kate, 40, provided a reassuring presence throughout the emotional day, tightly holding onto her daughter’s hand as they arrived at Westminster Abbey and placing her hand on her son’s knee as they were seated ahead of the service.
Meanwhile, William, 40, was seen gently touching George’s shoulder as he and Charlotte joined the procession behind the coffin.
Stephanie explained: ‘In the particular situation of the funeral, it was very hard for William and Kate to come down to the eye level of the children as they would normally do, though they looked directly at their children when they were in a position to do so.
Stephanie revealed how Kate and Prince William encouraged their children to have a ‘can do’ attitude
Kate, right, provided a reassuring presence throughout the emotional day, Prince William was also a supportive figure for his children
‘So, a guiding hand was the loving touch given, and the unspoken word of support, ‘I am right here’, ‘everything is ok’, ‘I will protect you’, ‘this is what you need to do now’.’
It comes after Charlotte was spotted telling George ‘he has to bow’ as the Queen’s coffin began its journey to Windsor.
The young royals were seen exchanging words as the casket passed them, as Charlotte told George, ‘you need to bow’. Appearing to listen to his sister, George was then seen lowering his head.
Charlotte wore a black mourning coat and matching wide-brimmed hat, while George was dressed in a navy blue suit with a black tie.
Stephanie says Charlotte’s gesture to her brother shows she was ‘excellently guided and prepared by her parents’.
She says: ‘We saw lots of moments yesterday where Charlotte and George’s behaviour was a wonderful reflection of their parents teaching them the way to act and to conduct themselves.
The Princess of Wales stayed close to her children in order to guide them during the event yesterday
‘For example, we saw a moment yesterday when Charlotte smoothed her skirt down once she had sat in the car, a seven year old typically wouldn’t do that, so we can see she has been well trained in how to conduct herself.
‘They were very serene in their behaviour. Even when Prince George forgot a key moment where he was expected to take a bow his sister Charlotte reminded him, unprompted by either of her parents, showing she had been excellently guided and prepared by her parents.’
Following George and Charlotte’s appearance at the service, many fans took to social media as they applauded Kate and William for their parenting skills.
One penned: ‘So proud of Prince and Princess of Wales’s children, George and Charlotte They behaved impeccably and are a testament to the excellent teachings of their parents.’
Following George and Charlotte’s appearance at the service, many fans took to social media as they applauded Kate and William for their parenting skills
Another wrote: ‘Prince George and Princess Charlotte were amazing today. What brave little children and what wonderful parents the Prince and Princess of Wales are. Today was beautiful, yet so very sad. May you now rest in eternal peace Queen Elizabeth II.’
A third said: ‘I would like to acknowledge Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s exemplary behaviour on such a long and difficult day for them. What an example of the effects of good parenting.’
It’s understood that the couple thought ‘long and hard’ about whether their two eldest children should join them.
‘As parents they have, of course, thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them,’ a source said. ‘Of course little Louis is too young, but they think George and Charlotte are up to it.’