Prince Louis follows Kate’s example ahead of second birthday – ‘Happiest doing this’

Prince Louis has yet to be charmed by technology and screens, a royal expert said. The little Cambridge is said to be particularly happy when he can play in the garden and explore the nature surrounding him, royal commentator Katie Nicholl said. 

This love for nature is perfectly in line with what Kate’s strong beliefs regarding the importance for children to grow up in contact with nature.

Ms Nicholl told OK! magazine: “Louis loves being outdoors and has been encouraged by Kate to have a love of nature.

“He’s happiest when he’s exploring the grounds.  

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“They’ve got climbing frames, swings and a pond, and each of the children are in charge of their own little patch of the kitchen garden.”

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has often spoken about the importance of teaching children to love nature.

In July last year the Duchess revealed she makes sure the children are “dragged outside” every day.

Appearing on an episode of CBBC’s Blue Peter, Kate said: “Rain or shine, they’re dragged outside. It’s great.

“It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – 10 or 15 minutes – makes a huge difference to ­physical wellbeing but also to our mental wellbeing.”

Kate is also very strict when it comes to allowing her children to use devices as tablets and phones, Ms Nicholl said.

The royal expert continued: “Kate is usually very strict on screen time and keeps it to a minimum.

“The children aren’t allowed their own devices.”

Prince Louis will celebrate his second birthday on lockdown, sharing his big day just with his parents, siblings George and Charlotte and nanny Maria Teresa Burrion Borrallo.

While the little Cambridge won’t be able to have a big party on the day due to the coronavirus crisis, Kate and Prince William will walk an extra mile to make sure he feels as loved as always, Ms Nicholl said.

She continued: “Kate won’t let any birthday pass without a celebration. 

“So even though the family are in self-isolation, she’ll make sure Louis enjoys his day.

“She tends to organise fairly low-key parties for the children.

“Usually Kate’s parents Carole and Michael are there, along with her sister Pippa and their brother James.

“This year will be quieter, of course, but there will be presents that Kate has bought online, as well as a tea party. 

“And if the weather’s nice, they’re sure to be out in the gardens.”

Kate will likely bake a cake, the expert added, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be invited by their parents to craft their own cards and presents for little Louis.

The extended family will likely gather over a video chat to wish Louis a happy birthday.

Ms Nicholl said: “The whole family, including Louis’ grandfather Prince Charles, are communicating via Zoom and Skype, so although they’re all isolating, they haven’t felt isolated.”

Kate and William are self-isolating at their home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, donated to them by the Queen as a wedding present.    

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