How birthday girl Princess Charlotte is being prepared for royal life by ‘strong female role models’
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Kate and William are not only encouraging Princess Charlotte to shrug off gender stereotypes but are also preparing her for a pivotal role as a senior royal.
Gently instilling in her their own values, they are teaching her to show respect for both the monarchy and for people from all walks of life.
“When Kate and William took the children on a trip to Poland and Germany in 2017, Charlotte had ‘a moment’ – as children do,” royal expert Katie Nicholl recalls. “But I was struck by the way that Kate crouched down to her level. She wasn’t telling her off and yet Charlotte responded to her quiet words.”
In other steps to prepare Charlotte for future public service work, the little princess has already perfected her curtsey and, ahead of her sixth birthday, eagerly helped her mum deliver lockdown food packages to the vulnerable in Norfolk.
“In the last year or so we’ve seen Charlotte and her siblings emerge more onto the public stage – a deliberate move by William and Kate, who initially protected them from the spotlight but are becoming more relaxed now,” explains Katie.
“Even back in 2016, when they took George and Charlotte on the official royal tour of Canada, they were giving them both an early introduction to what their parents do, and what their lives may one day look like.”
Katie adds, “allowing the public to see photos and footage of Charlotte is fuelling her popularity further and helping the public connect with her – especially all those charming moments, like when she poked her tongue out at her grandfather, Michael Middleton, at the King’s Cup Regatta in 2019!”
As well as her own parents, Charlotte is learning from the good examples set by other family members, including Great Aunt Princess Anne and second cousin Zara Tindall.
“She has a special bond with her Aunt Pippa, and is surrounded by positive female role models including her grandmother Carole Middleton – a strong, loving and loyal matriarch who has a very active presence in her granddaughter’s life.”
We see Carole’s confidence and extrovert character in Charlotte. Meanwhile carefree Pippa was never going to hide in her older sister’s shadow, carving out a career for herself as an author and columnist. Her can-do attitude will be a wonderful influence.
Katie adds, “Kate and William have brought their daughter up to be very sure of who she is. Her great grandmother, the Queen, is no doubt a huge inspiration to Charlotte considering everything she has achieved and how inspirational she is to the whole nation.”
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