Princess Charlotte: Expert reveals the royal’s future ‘job’
Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 38, are the parents of three children. The couple may be raising the future King but an expert explained they have veered away from tradition when parenting.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
The royals are the great-grandchildren of the Queen and are third, fourth and fifth in the line of succession.
This means Kate and Prince William are sure to raise their children with an understanding of tradition.
However the royals also seem to have used parenting techniques which are not thought to have been used before.
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For example, the royals have focused on speaking up on mental health.
During the coronavirus crisis this year, the Cambridges made a virtual appearance to encourage Britons to look after their mental health.
The Duchess of Cambridge said: “While [exercise is] hugely important we mustn’t forget our mental well-being as well.
“And making sure you’re reaching out to those people around you that you have access to – even if it’s over the phone or online to really make sure you have those conversations.”
Prince William added: “It’s important that other people aren’t forgotten and those who do need help, and do need support, and haven’t necessarily ever had to think about their mental well-being, start to do that in this weird climate we’re in.”
Parenting expert and managing director at Kiddies Kingdom Mohammed Patel explained the royals are likely to have passed the importance of mental health onto their children.
“Kate and William have always shown an interest in mental health and wellbeing,” he said.
“Their honesty in talking about her own struggles is refreshing and, in some way, unheard of for the Royal Family.
“Kate never shies away from talking about uncomfortable topics and her parenting style reflects this, making sure she is as open and honest with her family as possible.
“While it is important not to overwhelm children, instilling clear communication from a young age will help them feel confident and independent enough to make their own decisions.”
The Duchess of Cambridge has taken part in lots of charity work while in the Royal Family.
This is something she may have also passed onto her children which was demonstrated during the coronavirus pandemic.
The expert continued: “Kate has always had a passion for charity work and giving back and, where possible, is beginning to involve her children in this process.
“With this, Kate is teaching her children the importance of helping others less fortunate and using their roles for good which in turn instils gratitude and respect from a young age.
“Kate and William’s role in the pandemic was an example of their down to earth approach, as it seemed even the Royal Family couldn’t escape what was the chaos of home schooling.
“They have openly admitted that parenting has its ‘ups and downs’ but work hard to support each other through every milestone, no matter how big or small.”
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The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.
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