Kate Middleton parenting: Duchess broke ‘traditional protocol’ with ‘refreshing’ technique

Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement in November 2010, with the Duke having proposed a month earlier. At the time, a statement said: “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.”

He said: “It’s really nice and refreshing to see the royals interacting with their children by learning through exploring and play, something that’s so important for children’s development and yet can be forgotten about by busy parents. 

“The future king to breaking traditional protocol sets a wonderful example to parents across the country.”

Being a member of the Royal Family means the couple have to follow certain traditions, but they have implemented their own techniques into their way of parenting.

When the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last month, they shared a heartwarming video of the family having a fun day at the beach as well as roasting marshmallows together.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Principal Psychologist from DH Consulting, Dannielle Haig, explained: “The overt affection that Wills and Kate show towards their children is most definitely unusual for the British Royal Family. But my, how wonderful it is to see. 

“As a psychologist, it is well known that children need to feel affection, love, and safety from their parents to truly thrive and be happy in life. 

“To be kept at arm’s length and not shown affection as a child, can have all sorts of negative impacts on a child psychologically and emotionally.

“It is healthy to be affectionate as a family and I’m glad that Kate and Wills feel comfortable enough to display this playfulness with their children to the world.”

The expert added that traditional protocol is “softening and evolving” with the times.

She said: “With the amount of influence that the royal couple have, our future King and Queen are setting a great example to other parents to unapologetically enjoy their time with their children.

“I feel like they are showing the world that they are just like us and they are progressing the behaviours and attitudes of Princess Diana in their openness with their parental affections.”

Other Royal Family members like Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, also show affection to their children in public.

The most recent time the family were out in public together was when they attended Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

Sophie and her two children stood watching Prince Edward and other Royal Family members as the procession took place.

The Countess can be seen standing in the middle of Lady Louise and James Viscount with her hands on their backs.

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