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Royal or not, kids have tantrums. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is recognized for how she handles tantrums when it comes to her own kids but she’s not the only royal family mom to deal with a fussy kid. 

Kate Middleton calmed Princess Charlotte down at a royal event

Prince William and Kate Middleton hold hands with their children as they walk the red carpet at a performance in London
Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children at a performance in London | Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge’s parenting skills went viral in July 2017 when a then-2-year-old Princess Charlotte of Cambridge had a bit of a meltdown in Germany. Catherine and William, Duke of Cambridge were touring an Airbus facility with Charlotte and Prince George of Cambridge. Their third child, Prince Louis of Cambridge, wouldn’t be born until April 2018. 

Between George’s adorable reaction to a helicopter, royal watchers noticed how Catherine expertly reacted to Charlotte’s tantrum. The young royal stomped her feet and what did the Duchess of Cambridge do? She knelt down so she and her daughter were at eye level. A go-to move of Catherine’s, it’s a parenting tip celebrities have copied. She then proceeded to pick Charlotte up and calmly talk to her. 

Even though she appears to have the tantrum thing down, the Duchess of Cambridge asked for advice on them during a royal appearance in November 2020. In a video posted to the Kensington Royal Instagram, Catherine answered questions about her research survey on childhood development called “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.” 

Asked “How do you manage toddler tantrums in your household? Especially with multiple children,” the Duchess of Cambridge sighed and laughed before saying, “Yes, that’s a hard one. I’d also like to ask the experts myself.”

When tantrums happen out of the public eye, Catherine and William are said to use a “chat sofa” to discipline their kids. How it works is the parents calmly explain the situation and the consequences. 

Meghan Markle expertly kept Archie on track while reading a book 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex celebrated their son’s first birthday with an adorable Instagram video. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor turned 1 on May 6, 2020.

To mark the occasion, the couple shared a video of Meghan reading Archie his favorite book, Duck! Rabbit!, which Harry recorded. A few pages in, Archie grabbed another book to read. Unfazed, Meghan said they could read that one next. When Archie dropped the book, the Duchess of Sussex proved to be unflappable once again. She smiled at the camera while Harry laughed.

Princess Diana stayed calm while Prince Harry misbehaved at Trooping the Colour

Prince Harry sticks his tongue out while in the arms of Princess Diana standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the 1988 Trooping the Colour as Prince William and two other children look on
Prince Harry sticks his tongue out at Trooping the Colour |Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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One of the biggest events on the royal family’s calendar is Trooping the Colour. Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday celebration, people all over the world tune in to get a glimpse of the entire family.

In 1988, a young Harry famously stuck his tongue out at the crowd while his late mother, Princess Diana, held him in her arms. Much like Catherine did with Charlotte years laters, Diana took the moment in stride. Not necessarily happy with Harry’s antics, Diana remained calm, cool, and collected.