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An expert says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries shows just “how smart” Kate Middleton is. Ahead, how a 1995 family vacation, complete with a royal photocall, has an expert highlighting the Princess of Wales’ smarts when it comes to her children. 

Prince Harry recalled having to pose for photos during a 1995 family vacation in Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan’ docuseries

Prince William, and Harry, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie sking, in Klosters, Switzerland
Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Prince William | Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex revisited a 1995 Switzerland family vacation with an unwelcome photocall in Harry & Meghan. In the debut episode of the six-part program, the now-38-year-old recalled reluctantly posing for photos alongside his brother, Prince William, and cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

“Paparazzi used to harass us to the point of where we had to be forced into smiling and answering questions to the traveling press pack,” Harry said.

Body language expert Judi James called it “one of the of the saddest scenes in the Netflix documentary” (via Express). “It’s no surprise that the royals see these trade-off poses, where they allegedly get left in peace for the remainder of their holidays after performing one set pose, as an ordeal.” 

And it’s not necessarily enjoyable for adults either. “[King] Charles’s notorious on-mic mutterings and complaints during one of his skiing poses with his two sons did give a glimpse into the frustration and angst behind the smiles, even for the adults,” she added. 

‘Harry & Meghan’ skiing scene a ‘reminder’ of ‘how smart’ Kate Middleton is to take photos of kids herself, expert says

Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis
Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

James called the scene a “reminder” of how clever Kate is to photograph her and William’s children. 

“Small children normally need gentle, playful coaxing in a safe environment to smile happily for a photo shoot,” the expert said.

“Standing alone in the snow, having a bank of strange photographers yelling at you endlessly, and not particularly kindly, would be an ordeal for any child, even a royal one,” James continued.

“It was another reminder of how smart Kate has been in taking most of her own children’s photographs herself,” she said. 

Kate has a well-documented interest in photography. Part of that includes taking photos of Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 4. Oftentimes, photos taken by Kate will be what she and William use as their kids’ official birthday portraits. 

For instance, Kate took the images used to mark George, Charlotte, and Louis’ birthdays publicly in 2022. 

Princess Diana and King Charles showed a better approach to photocalls with royal kids in another ‘Harry & Meghan’ scene

James turned to other footage from Harry’s childhood as a better example of photocalls with kids. She referenced scenes in Harry & Meghan that showed Princess Diana and King Charles with young William and Harry. 

“We saw how it could be done in some earlier footage where Diana sat alongside her boys at home to create feelings of safety and comfort,” James said. 

Meanwhile, “Charles stood off-camera, beaming and smiling and placing a hankie on his head to encourage William and Harry to have fun and laugh.” 

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