Kate Middleton and Prince William's children were "served up for the good of the Crown" and "forced to assume quasi-official roles," making "queasy" viewing, a royal expert has claimed.
Daniela Elser, writing for News.au in Australia, was trying to make the point that "the Crown always comes first", even in spite of personal suffering.
The royal expert reckoned that the massive spectacle, and long day, was too much for Prince George, nine, and his seven-year-old sister Charlotte.
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Elser wrote: "George and Charlotte were not inside the Abbey to say goodbye to their Gan Gan, they were there to perform and they were there to sell a carefully considered image of continuity and unity, along with adding a spoonful of cutesy sugar to counteract the vinegary presence of the Sussexes."
Images of the two youngsters crying at the funeral in their black finery circulated around the world, capturing the hearts of millions.
But Elser seems to think that maybe they shouldn't have been part of the long day, like their younger brother Louis who was left at home.
She wrote: "I am not criticising William and Kate here, I am simply pointing out there is no glossing over the fact that royal parenting requires a begrudging willingness to serve up one’s children for the good of the Crown.
"I’m sure that’s not easy for the Waleses or something they want to put their children through, but that doesn’t make it any less queasy to watch."
The children had actually been praised for showing maturity beyond their years.
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Discussing their entrance to the service, body language expert Adrianne Carter (the Face Whisperer) claimed the children were "not scared".
She told us: "First glimpses of George and Charlotte and they seem relaxed and not too strained at all.
"Kate does keep a watchful eye on the children as they exit the car."
Elser added: "Also, before anyone makes the argument that George and Charlotte were only part of proceedings so that they too could farewell their great-grandmother, that case falls apart when you take a look at the images of inside St George’s Chapel taken during the committal service."
The expert said the committal service was the right place for George and Charlotte to take part because it was less of a "sensory overload".
She added that the event was a "regal marketing opportunity" and the kids were used to swing royal sceptics.
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