Kate showcased her down-to-earth parenting style when little Princess Charlotte stuck out her tongue at the crowd in Cowes on Thursday. The Cambridges took part on the day to a charity regatta they organised, The King’s Cup, to raise awareness and funds for eight of their favourite charities. But four-year-old Charlotte stole the show once again when she caught her mother and grandmother Carole Middleton by surprise and blew a raspberry to the royal fans gathered at the Isle of Wight.
Kate, rather than publicly scold her daughter, started laughing before playfully telling her off.
The Duchess of Cambridge reacted in a similar way also when survivalist Bear Grylls, who won the regatta, revealed from the podium he had spotted her son Prince George eating his “first ant”.
The relaxed reaction, coupled with the little princess’ behaviour, reminded several royal fans of Charlotte’s father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry and the way they had been brought up by their mother, late Princess Diana.
One wrote on Twitter: “She’s DEFINITELY prince Harry’s niece.”
Another said: “Just like her uncle at that age.”
And a third, mentioning the Duke of Cambridge, said: “How absolutely adorable and hilarious!
“She takes after her father when he was little and an absolute stinker!
“His moniker was William the Terrible.”
William and Harry revealed themselves Princess Diana’s motto was “you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught” and that she was very relaxed when it came to giving them rules to abide by.
This is because the Princess of Wales wanted her children to have a life as normal as possible, a mantra which has been adopted by both the Cambridges and the Sussexes.
In a bombshell interview released in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, Prince Harry opened up on the kind of parent she was.
He said: “Our mother was a total kid, through and through.
“She was one of the naughtiest parents.
“She would come and watch us play football and, you know, smuggle sweets into our socks.
“And I mean like literally walking back from a football match and having sort of five packets of Starburst.
“And just the whole shirt was just bulging with sweets and then sort of looking around, open the tuck box, throw it all in, lock it up.”
Prince William, who like Kate has embraced her mother’s parenting said: “She loved the rudest cards you could imagine.
“And I would be at school and I’d get a card from my mother.
“Usually she found something very embarrassing, a very funny card, and then wrote very nice stuff inside.
“But I dared not open it in case the teachers or anyone else in the class had seen it.”
Kate and William are determined to give “balance” to their children’s lives, despite being members of the Royal Family.
One royal insider said the couple is striving to give their three children “good parenting an equal footing to royal duty”.
And Katie Nicholl, author of Kate: The Future Queen, said: “As much as possible, they’ll make sure one of them is at home for teatime, bedtime, story-telling and bath time.
“So, on Prince Louis’s birthday, William made a point of ensuring his flight was timed so that he could have breakfast with his son before flying off to New Zealand.”
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