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Kate Middleton Once Said Toddler Tantrums Are 'Hard' — She Could Not Calm Louis Down during Queen's Jubilee

Esther NJeri
Jun 06, 2022
01:00 P.M.
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Despite Prince William and Kate Middleton's children being on the best behavior most of the time, Prince Louis stole the show with his theatrics during his great grandmother's Jubilee celebration.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton always knew they wanted kids, and shortly after their wedding in 2011, they welcomed their first son, Prince George, followed by Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

However, they also understood that they wanted to raise their kids differently from the uncomplaining stoicism techniques that the royals have adopted since time immemorial.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee on March 24 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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The royal couple wanted to be modern parents who communicated openly with their children, to help them express their emotions and ask questions whenever needed. However, this method also means the parents have rules, guidelines, and boundaries set for the children to follow. A source would tell Us Weekly:

"Prince William and Duchess Kate 'are strict but fair."'

They try to give their children as much everyday parenting as possible and are very hands-on. Despite having all the help they need at their disposal, they always make time to drop and pick up their children from school and even be home in time for dinner.

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William and Middleton ensure they are there for their children even though they have to deal with their ever-busy schedules as working royals.

MIDDLETON AND WILLIAM ARE BIG ON DISCIPLINE

Even though George, Charlotte, and Louis are part of Britain's most famous and respected family, their parents do not spoil them with gifts. They teach them to be well-mannered and not take their status for granted.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge engages in a walkabout in Ballymena town centre on February 28, 2019 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. | Source: Getty Images

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For Middleton, discipline in her kids remains a priority. She and her husband have always been keen on instilling in their children good discipline. Unsurprisingly, they have adopted their techniques for achieving that. An insider would tell The Sun:

"Kate, in particular, is very hot on manners."

Their techniques include following definite house rules, including a "chat sofa." Whenever a confrontation erupts, William or Middleton will take the child in question to another room where they speak to them about their behavior.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Earthshot Prize 2021 at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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They tell their children why what they did was unacceptable to help them understand why their parents were disciplining them. This technique is contrary to the typical "naughty step," where many parents let their "misbehaving" child sit in silence on the step, usually for one minute of every year they were born.

While this method is more common in many households, William and Middleton believe speaking to the child is more effective as it creates a more calming atmosphere. They then outline the consequences of the child's behavior without ever raising their voices.

They believe that when a parent shouts at their child, they are met with the same frustration from the child, making it worse instead of diffusing the situation. Explaining things calmly but in a firm tone ensures the adult gets the message across clearly and precisely.

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Cambridge's discipline technique is reportedly one of the best to use as all involved parties get to express their feelings. It also appears very effective as several media articles have often highlighted how well behaved George and Charlotte are during royal visits and public occasions.

MIDDLETON FEELS DEALING WITH CHILDREN'S TANTRUMS IS HARD

As is the way of the world, nothing is perfect. Despite William and Middleton's discipline techniques working most of the time, it does not always yield an excellent success rate.

Prince William Kate Middleton and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on December 11, 2020 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Raising kids will always have drawbacks, and these, for Middleton, are children's tantrums. During a "Question and Answer" session on the couple's shared Instagram page, a fan asked Middleton how she dealt with tantrums, especially with multiple children, and she answered:

"Yes, that's a hard one! I'd also like to ask the experts myself!"

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However, despite any challenges she faces with her children, she always chooses to approach them calmly and clearly. Babysense, a leading company for baby movement and video monitors, told Express:

"The Duke and Duchess like to approach bad behavior in a calm and clear manner."

LOUIS STOLE THE SHOW AT THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Except for one or two mishaps, as is expected, the Cambridge children have been well behaved, whether they are appearing at public events or on royal visits.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant from the Royal Box during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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However, during The Queen's Jubilee celebration on June 2, 2022, Prince Louis displayed decidedly non-regal behaviors as he stood next to his great grandmother, watching the pageant.

In a video that has gone viral, as Middleton tried calming him down, the 4-year-old put his hands on his mother's mouth. He then made a series of faces, poking his tongue out and putting his thumbs in his nostrils while wiggling the rest of his fingers.

Any attempts by his mother to speak to him calmly fell on deaf ears, and Louis then decided he wanted to stand on his chair, where he appeared to throw a cushion.

Prince Louis of Cambridge covers his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's mouth with his hand as they attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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It would, however, not be the first time Louis would be displaying mischievous behavior in public. During the Trooping the Colors ceremony on Thursday, June 2, the three Cambridge kids watched the procession through the Palace windows when Louis gave a spirited salute.

He ran onto the balcony where his family had gathered and barrelled past his great grandmother, The Queen, scampering for a prime viewing position. He made animated faces, including an exaggerated reaction to the loud planes flying overhead.

With hands covering his ears and eyes closed shut, he entailed a scream. The youngster's behavior caught retired rugby player Mike Tindall, husband to William's cousin Zara Tindall's attention. He jokingly signed to Louis that he was watching him — a subtle request for him to behave.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Mike Tindall and Prince Louis of Cambridge speak ahead the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Louis would later join his parents and the rest of the family on the balcony as the Platinum Jubilee Pageant concluded, but Middleton was not taking chances.

She made sure to stand behind her son and rein him whenever he attempted to move forward. Some family members, like Prince Charles, let Louis sit on their laps to distract him, and he later planted a kiss on his mother's cheek.

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