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.
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“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.
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.
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," she said.
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