While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are most definitely a modern family when it comes to their royal parenting, it’s easy to notice a common trend in their public appearances.
Princess Charlotte is often seen holding the hand of Kate Middleton, while Prince George is usually accompanied by Prince William.
This can also often be spotted in their including the annual Christmas card — with Charlotte in front of her mother, while George holds his father’s hand. One parenting expert told the Daily Mail that this is not a coincidence, and the four-year-old is most likely being prepared for future kingdom.
“Fathers are typically responsible for the disciplinary actions, redirection, protection and provision of the family,” explained Jasmine Peters. “It is not uncommon to see a father with his son to set the foundation of what his role and responsibilities will be in life with a family. It is often believed that it takes a man to raise a boy to be a man. If you look at the pictures it clearly reflects this common belief.”
According to Peters, this traditional take on parenting also proves that the royal pair are loving and nurturing parents, rather than trying to enforce gender roles.
“Although these pictures can look a bit traditional, William and Kate may also understand the importance of a son bonding with his father and a daughter bonding with her mother,” she said. “Any parent that understands how their bond will affect their child in the future when they become adults understands the importance of creating a strong bond early on in their childhood and youth.”
Lucy Shrimpton also confirms Peters’s explanation to the paper- and suggests that Prince George may gravitate toward his father solely based on the fact that he’s the oldest child.
“The children are close in age and when the new baby depends heavily on mum, it is natural for the toddler to gravitate towards dad who can provide more attention when mum is busy with the baby,” said Shrimpton. “If George has spent extra time with dad because mum has had her hands full with a new baby, they may have built a father-son bond that has stuck… I believe the same would have happened even if they had a girl first and then a boy or even two girls. I imagine you would still see the older sibling with dad more and the younger with mum at this sort of age.”
Shrimpton also believes there may be a shift in the parenting duties when the Duchess gives birth again this coming April.
“It will be interesting to see how the dynamic changes again with baby number three.”