Prince George is often seen holding his father's hand in public, while his sister, Princess Charlotte, is usually close to their mother. Parenting expert Jasmine Peters believes this is not a coincidence, but rather a deliberate way of preparing George for his future role as King. She says that it is common for fathers to bond with their sons in this way, as it helps to set the foundation for their future roles as husbands and fathers.
Prince George is often seen holding hands with his father, Prince William, while his sister, Princess Charlotte, is usually close to their mother, Kate Middleton. Parenting expert Jasmine Peters believes that this is not a coincidence, but rather a deliberate way of preparing George for his future role as King. She says that it is common for fathers to bond with their sons in this way, as it helps to set the foundation for their future roles as husbands and fathers.
Peters also notes that the way Prince George and Princess Charlotte are positioned on royal outings could reflect a more traditional parenting stance adopted by the Prince and Princess of Wales. She says that it is often believed that it takes a man to raise a boy to be a man. However, Peters also points out that the way the children are positioned could also simply reflect the importance of the bond created between father and son and mother and daughter.
In the image from the Wales family Christmas card last year, George is seen holding hands with his father, while Kate Middleton walks alongside Prince Louis. This image provides further evidence to support Peters's theory that the Prince and Princess of Wales are deliberately positioning their children in this way.
Kate and William have shown themselves to be instinctive parents when they take their children out on engagements. For example, at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Prince Louis was fidgety and restless, but Kate kept her cool and tried to keep him entertained.
Sleep Nanny Lucy Shrimpton says that when the younger child is at a stage of depending on their mother, the older child can gravitate more towards the father. This can happen regardless of gender.
William and Kate are not holding their children to the same strict customs that previous royal generations have been forced to uphold. They have told their children to “do what you want.”
According to author Christopher Andersen, Prince William and Kate Middleton are considering allowing their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, to opt out of military training. Andersen said that this is a departure from royal tradition, which has always required male heirs to serve in the military. However, he believes that William and Kate are committed to giving their children the freedom to choose their own paths in life.
Christopher Andersen said that Prince George is aware of the pressures and responsibilities that come with being the heir to the throne. He said that George is 10 years old and understands what lies ahead for him. Andersen also said that George's two siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, can help him to cope with the pressure and share the burden.