What makes Kate and William's parenting so 'relatable' according to a parenting expert

"They're raised to understand - there's a time and a place."

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Prince William and Princess Kate have three wonderful children: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5. While their lives are very different from what most of us are used to, there are also ways that their family life is actually quite normal — especially when it comes to the children's behaviour in public. Where things are different than they are for us, obviously, is the public events that the Waleses attend, such as the recent Coronation and Jubilee.

Jo Frost, a parenting expert whom you may remember as Supernanny, just commented on the family of five's dynamics - especially the way Kate and William teach their children the important things they need to know as young royals. 

"I think really what we're seeing is awareness," Jo told Hello!.

"Prince George and Princess Charlotte are being informed, certainly George, our future King. He's no doubt started learning little bits here and there. He has the wonderful example of looking up to his grandfather and his father from a young age. They're raised with an understanding of royal procedures and protocols. And they're raised to understand, there's a time and a place."

In the past, experts and insiders have discussed how William and Kate go against royal traditions when it comes to parenting their three children, and Kate's 'hands off' approach has been praised for allowing the little ones the freedoms to grow and learn. 

For Jo, while these lessons are applied niche ways within the Royal Family, they're still quite similar to what any parent might teach their kids.

"It's relatable to any family," she said. "For example, there's a wedding or a christening coming up and we know that it would be good manners and etiquette to be quiet while the choir is singing and the service is happening. That, to me, is just responsible parenting, and we see that."

Oh, we have no doubt about that...

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.