Last week saw a whirlwind of events in honor of Queen Elizabeth II for her platinum jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne. But all eyes were on the king’s 4-year-old grandson, Prince Louis, at a pageant in London last Saturday, where the little boy showed acts of defiance towards his mother, Kate Middleton.
Although now viral clips from the ceremony also show the young king cuddling the Duchess, 40, and lovingly sitting on her lap, it’s his most suspenseful reactions – covering her mouth, sticking out his tongue while flashing a cheeky gesture – that have sparked controversy. While some on social media found his antics merely amusing, others pointed out that co-star Meghan Markle – who has been disgraced by her mother in the past – will undoubtedly be criticized in the press for seemingly failing to control a rowdy kid.
That doesn’t mean Kate is exempt from being exposed. Online critics have also criticized Lewis’s behavior as evil and her efforts to discipline him are insufficient. One frequent refrain: “My child can’t get away with it.” Writer Gary Janetti – who has since canceled the HBO Max animated series the prince He was criticized for mocking Louis’s older brother, George – responding to the viral clip with an Instagram post likening Louis Badamine, the pint-sized Antichrist from the horror cult classic omen.
But many parenting experts express their support for Kate and Louis. Among them is fellow Brett Jo Frost, TV personality, author, and childcare professional known as SuperRani. In an Instagram post posted earlier this week, Frost shared her view that “Little Prince Louis is behaving remarkably well” in particular. In the shadow of the “fuss” and amusement of the events of the week. According to her “professional opinion,” the 4-year-old has a “great sense of humor” and is “a strong-willed and definitely a very sensitive soul.”
“Most children cannot sit in their chairs at the dining table for longer than 15 minutes,” she explained. “Surely should [have] It was beautifully overwhelming for this little class, especially with no time to play between the long days. The kids are going for the test [us]. One should expect the same.”
And Frost went on to praise his parents, both Kate and Prince William, for being “amazing role models in parenting”.
“They are open about their parents in difficulty, and like all parents out there they continue to do their best in raising their young,” Frost wrote. “Catherine has never been one to shy away from giving her children a fair order to act publicly and this is a sign of a confident parent who is able to maintain boundaries while empathetically addressing her children’s needs as well as understanding their circumstances. I wish everyone trust parents to understand in this way so that our children can be raised, seen and heard [and] Loved by healthy limits.”
Leslie Priscilla Areola-Hellenbrand of Latinx Parenting—who advocates intergenerational therapy and more nurturing, nonviolent, and “cultural preservation” approaches to raising children—also addressed critics who cited their stern parenting and spanking when considering how Kate disciplined her child.
“I’m sick of seeing people respond to Kate Middleton’s clip and tell them, ‘This kid deserves it flip flopShe said in an Instagram post, referring to sandals or flip-flops that are frequently used to hit or threaten children in some Latin families. Or, ‘If this is my child…’
A parenting coach – whose organization is working to end”Slippers Culture”- also expressed sympathy for Kate or any parent whose child is behaving like a child.
“I can’t even imagine filming my parents; it’s hard enough to watch when I’m abroad,” she wrote. “Straining from my eyeballs increases stress, and pressure makes situations more difficult when trying to practice more parenting related methods. I made a lot of mistakes as a parent (yes, I… a lot), and because of that I know this judgment doesn’t help. Not towards my child, not Certainly towards me as a parent.”
On TikTok, Marie Van Geffen, an international parenting coach who specializes in “hot kids,” said it was “nice to watch the ‘Duchess’ keep her cool and come together” in response to her son’s ‘lane’.
“She didn’t try to control, because she couldn’t control him,” Van Geffen added. “This royal mother chose to control herself, because that’s all we have in control. She has remained calm and composed.”
No matter what the keyboard warriors say about their son, the Cambridge family seems to be ignoring attention. In a tweet that capped the jubilee celebrations, the couple shared a photo of their youngest child walking alongside his father.
“We all had a great time, especially Louis…” the caption read, followed by a side eye emoji.
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