KATE MIDDLETON became a mother when Prince George, seven, was born in 2013. Her daughter, Princess Charlotte, five, was born in 2015 and she welcomed Prince Louis, two, in 2018. Her body language shows parenting techniques which are similar to Princess Diana’s.
Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 38, are senior royals and the parents of three. When becoming parents, many people will look to their family for support.
Kate and Prince William are sure to have taken advice from members of the Royal Family.ADVERTISING
The Duke and Duchess may also have looked to what was done by William’s mother, Princess Diana.
Commenting on photos for Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James revealed Kate has similar techniques to her mother-in-law.
She explained Princess Diana appeared to take naturally to being a mother.
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Judi said: “Diana may have been a very inexperienced bride and wife but her work in a nursery prior to her engagement to Charles meant her body language as a mother reflected a sense of confidence and ease.
“Diana was super-tactile, although she could be firm as well as besotted, always showing signs of awareness that she was training a future heir to the throne.”
Kate’s body language could show she is also a natural mother and wants her children to grow up independent and confident.PROMOTED STORY
“Her attention and bonding techniques seem to involve bending to the child’s height to communicate, which might suggest a desire to grow their confidence by tuning into them to make them feel more grown-up and independent.”
The expert explained both royal women found it important to create a strong unit in their family and one way they showed this was by dressing their children in matching clothes.
“Diana dressed her boys alike to create a strong feeling of unity rather than individuality, although she’s clearly confident about dealing with two very individual characters,” Judi commented.
“With Harry in one hand she bends to place what looks like a restraining hand on William’s torso, showing a capacity for firmness as well as affection.
Kate Middleton: The Duchess is the mother of three children (Image: GETTY)
“Like Diana, Kate has used coordinated colours to emphasise the feeling of a strong unit, although their clothing styles all project individuality.
“Rather than bunching around her children she’s opted for a ‘paper doll’ line-up with William very much part of the group.”
While they had many similarities, Judi suggested Princess Diana used a more protective parenting style than the Duchess of Cambridge has.
She added: “One pose shows Diana’s rather protective-looking love for her sons. She and Harry are entwined and the way she leans back with both her arms cradling him easily and comfortably hints at her experience with small children.
“It’s a sweetly loving pose, with Diana’s face close to his as she chats to her son, making her look fiercely protective too.
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“Unlike Diana’s protective leg and arm splay to encircle and protect her boys, Kate opts for a slightly more self-diminished pose, sitting smiling with her legs crossed while George and Charlotte do their own thing. The way she’s holding Charlotte suggests she’ll step in if necessary but otherwise create a slightly more relaxed, hands-off presence.”
Even with slightly different parenting styles, the expert suggested both women appeared to put an emphasis on their children’s happiness.
Judi continued: “It’s obvious both Diana and Kate provide high levels of fun in their children’s lives.
“The way Kate’s laughing with Charlotte shows, like Diana, she’s keen for them to have as much fun in their lives as possible.”
Both royals have shown similar parenting styles, according to the expert.
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.