Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have three royal children: Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. Throughout the lockdown, both parents have spoken publicly about the challenges of parenting while staying at home. While chatting about their children in recent months, many things have become clear about the Duke and Duchess’ parenting styles.
In the past, the Cambridge’s have suggested much of their parenting ethos depends on their children making their own decisions for themselves.
Prince William was recently a special guest on That Peter Crouch Podcast, and during the interview, he was asked whether he would make Prince George be an Aston Villa fan.
During the chat, William made it clear he lets Prince George make up his own mind about his football teams.
He replied: “I’m trying not to persuade him to be a Villa fan – I’m letting him choose his own way. It’s about finding what fits for him.”
He added: “I want our children, when they go to the match, to come away loving what they’ve seen, enjoying it and seeing their role models behave in a way that we’d all want them to.”
The Cambridges have also indicated on many occasions they believe their children should make their own decisions when it comes to playtime.
Kate, in particular, has always made it clear she encourages her children to play as siblings, especially in the great outdoors.
According to royal commentator Ingrid Seward, Kate has enjoyed the freedom lockdown has afforded the Cambridge family at their Norfolk estate, Anmer Hall.
Ms Seward said: “Kate looks very happy and I should think she’s really enjoyed having this time at home.
“She usually does a lot of travelling, so having this extended period in one place and being with her children and her husband in the country has probably been really nice for her.
“They have a lot more freedom at Anmer than at Kensington Palace, which is a bit of a gilded cage.”
Kate is known to be passionate about spending time among nature, even helping to design a Back to Nature garden for the Chelsea Flower Show last year.
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Kate is so keen for her children to spend time outdoors, royal experts say she has strict rules in place when it comes to her children’s screen time.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told OK! Magazine earlier in the lockdown that Kate would prefer the children are playing with “arts and crafts” instead of iPads.
She revealed: “The emphasis during this time will be on arts and crafts, painting and doing things that aren’t screen-orientated.
“Kate is usually very strict on screen time and keeps it to a minimum.”
While Kate is respected by many for her positive approach to parenting, she has acknowledged how it isn’t always plain sailing being a parent – especially during a pandemic.
Kate and William spoke candidly about the problems of parenting while the lockdown was in place during many television and social media appearances.
In a video interview with the BBC, Kate acknowledged earlier this year there are “ups and downs, like a lot of families self-isolating”.
But luckily for Kate and William, both have spoken about how they depend on each other for support when raising three children.