Prince Louis has stolen the show for a second time on the last day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations by pulling faces and even shushing his mother, Kate Middleton – but his exuberant behaviour has prompted some to criticise how the four-year-old is being parented.
The little prince was seen clenching his fists, jumping up and down in his seat, and pulling a variety of exaggerated faces while watching Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant with his family in the royal box.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) June 5, 2022
Though plenty of people who took to social media about it found his antics to be quite delightful – describing him as iconic, expressive and “the gift that keeps on giving” – some weren’t as impressed.
“At what point do we go from ‘Wow, what a relatable toddler moment’ to ‘Wow, you have no control of your children’? Because that video is (cringe emoji),” one user wrote.
“I just think an expert in early years would have a better understanding of which events your 4 year old could handle and which events he can’t. And maybe understanding of how to control them a bit in public. There’s a whole gap between robotic and straight up badly behaved.
“And to be clear – I’m criticising the parents here. I’m not making fun of a child or picking on a child or whatever nonsense anyone is gonna say.”
Another added: “What’s cute now isn’t cute as a teen. Parents have a short window to create the parent child bond. Meaning parents need to set boundaries n stick to them.”
“If that’s the lack of discipline and boundaries they’re raised with I guess that’s how you get adults like William,” another said. “Harry is truly a miracle.”
Others thought the criticism was out of line, arguing that the royal children shouldn’t have to face that kind of criticism.
“This is exactly why Meghan and Harry don’t want to make their children available for public consumption,” one person replied. “Can you imagine the response if Archie did this?? Children should not go through this.”
What utter trash is this? Shaming Kate Middleton cause a young child didn’t sit perfectly still for hours. Get stuffed. https://t.co/UpLDigzr9Q
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 5, 2022
It comes just after Prince Louis made headlines for his playful behaviour at Thursday’s Trooping the Colour and RAF flyover, stealing the show with his frantic waving to the planes flying overhead.
Louis was also spotted beaming and chatting with his great-grandmother, as well as covering his ears as the planes passed overhead with booming noise.
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