Recently, at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, Prince Louis and Kate Middleton’s young boy was misbehaving which caused plenty of fans and viewers to start speaking up about Kate’s parenting. This tends to happen often when celebrities have children that aren’t up to perfect standards when out in public, especially those related to the Royal Family. But what happened, and why was it such a big deal?
During the Pageant, their young boy seemed to be not behaving properly or the way that Kate wanted him to, to which she scolded him and tried to get her kid under control. This was of course recorded as a clip by viewers and spread across social media quite quickly, with many individuals weighing in (often that didn’t have kids of their own). Many parents also spoke up, and the results are polarizing.
Some commenting individuals spoke of how this is somehow definitely Kate’s fault as a parent, and how children are intelligent and able to behave. Many said that she obviously must not be involved in the young Prince’s upbringing like parents should be. And various other sentiments along the line of Middleton being a terrible parent and the child needing to be under control in a better way.
But, other parents are speaking up to unpack what actually happened that may have caused his behavior as well as how difficult it can be to manage such a young child. What most people don’t realize or remember when talking about parenting the little Prince is that he is only 4. Not even past the stages of toddler life where much of what a parent wants is received with temper tantrums, uncontrollable emotions, and more.
Not to mention, on the day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant where this clip was taken he had already been taken to multiple events that weekend where he was expected to stay still, quiet, and socially acceptable because of the face needed to be put on by the Royal Family. Most 4 year old children couldn’t even do one event like that, let alone multiple in a few short days.
Parents know that little ones don’t listen when you particularly need or want them to, and that it can be really overwhelming to be under public scrutiny when parenting your kid. Kate is expected not only to have him under the perfect control but to be ridiculed to no end when she messes up or he-big shocker-just has to be a kid.
So, the moral of this story that parents and viewers should take instead of jumping to conclusions is to consider firstly that this incident is one very small snippet of lives that we can’t possibly see or even really experience.
Consider looking into other outings of Kate and the young Prince, and see how that compares to this one occurrence to form a more conclusive opinion of what has been expected of them as well as how they’ve acted under pressure in the past.
And, for the parents out there, don’t you know what it’s like to have the troublesome toddlers that can’t seem to behave when you need them to? It’s not like kids are machines, and most of our kids out there don’t have to stay so silent and well-behaved for our lives to be considered normal.
Overall, this was definitely something to learn from for those out there that may have followed along in instantly thinking Kate Middleton must be at some big fault for struggling to parent her little one sometimes. But it really just shows all of us that parenting is definitely not easy, and even celebrities struggle sometimes too! Kids are always going to be interesting and definitely will forever be a handful to keep still.