Prince George ‘let loose’ Euro 2020 final says expert
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Prince George is the eldest of the Cambridge children at eight years old, followed by Princess Charlotte who is six, and Prince Louis who is three. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will often take their children on royal engagements where their parenting skills can be observed.
For instance, Prince George accompanied his parents to the Euro 2020 final in July, where royal fans got to see his parents hugging him and consoling him when England lost out to Italy in the penalty shootouts.
Amanda Gummer, the founder of the Good Play Guide, has over 20 years of experience working with children and families and spoke to Express.co.uk about Kate Middleton’s parenting skills.
Dr Gummer commented: “It’s lovely to see the Duchess demonstrate some really powerful parenting techniques such as a focus on playfulness and meeting the children where they are at, getting down to their level and meeting their gaze when talking to them.
“The interactions between her and her children seem genuine and consistent – both important for positive mental health.
“It can be a real challenge for families growing up in the public eye to manage children’s natural behaviour and the Duchess seems to be navigating that road well.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been praised for allowing their children to make their own choices.
When William appeared on ‘That Peter Crouch’ Podcast in July 2020, he was asked whether he persuaded George to become an Aston Villa fan like him.
He said: “I’m trying not to persuade him to be a Villa fan – I’m letting him choose his own way.
“It’s about finding what fits for him.
“Previously I was a bit concerned about him supporting Chelsea, but now Frank’s come in I feel the culture’s a bit different at Chelsea and I’d be ok with it.
“I do like the values and the ethos of the club. I want them to look after the players and set a good example to the young fans.
“I want our children, when they go to the match, to come away loving what they’ve seen, enjoying it and seeing their role models behave in a way that we’d all want them to.”
During a visit to the Scouts’ headquarters in Essex, Kate revealed that she would like her children to join the organisation.
The teenage Scout Tahseen Patel spoke about Kate: “She was interested in the early years and how you learn things in Scouting that you don’t learn in school and elsewhere.
“And how she wants her children to grow up in the Scouting movement, not just in school because she tries doing things at home but there’s only so much you can do and you need to build relationships with other people.”
Asked if Prince George had joined the Scouts, Tahseen added: “He hasn’t yet, but she said she’d love him to.”
Kate has also spoken out about the importance of affection, after she was greeted by a royal fan, Janet Emery, during an engagement at Basildon Sporting Centre.
Janet went over to hug the Duchess as she came to greet her, and as Kate embraced her, she told her: “Hugs are very important. That’s what I tell my children.”
George, Charlotte, and Louis are also encouraged to play with their cousins and are often seen reunited with their cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips.
After Trooping the Colour, the young royals were seen playing with each other at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy.
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