Royal Family Parenting Rules Sound Exhausting, But Kate Middleton Follows Them Anyway

It can’t be easy being a royal parent. After all, the entire world is watching your every move, critiquing every gesture and eye roll. No one is a perfect mother or father all the time — but royal family members must at least pretend to be.

On top of regular parenting guidelines, royals like Prince William and Kate Middleton must adhere to several rules and protocols handed down through generations of royals. Some of these rules — like not yelling at their kids in public — seem obvious. But other rules, such as never putting young boys in shorts, are a bit more peculiar.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are doing a lovely job raising their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. But it isn’t easy bringing up little princes and princesses.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte | AARON CHOWN/AFP/Getty Images

Rules for royal kids are less strict now than they used to be

Back when Prince William and Prince Harry were growing up, things were much tougher for royal children. But Princess Diana helped change some of those standards when she showed her children lots of affection and allowed them to do normal kids things, like eating at McDonald’s. Sadly, regular childhood outings like that didn’t happen before Diana came along.

Many of the rules relaxed and royal kids now have a lot more leeway. But they’re still not allowed to just do whatever they want.

Royal parents must maintain composure in all situations

Anyone who’s ever experienced a toddler tantrum in public knows that reasoning with that child is pretty much pointless. But when you’re a royal parent, overreacting or losing your temper with your child is out of the question.

It’s true that royal kids are taught etiquette from a young age. But even the best-behaved kids have naughty moments sometimes. For example, Princess Charlotte recently stuck her tongue out at photographers during an event. Instead of becoming angry or reprimanding her daughter in public, the Duchess of Cambridge gave the crowd a quick smile and quietly led her daughter away.

Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte
Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William is also known to get down to eye level with his kids and speak with them softly to help them maintain composure, even when they’re misbehaving.

Some strange royal rules are still followed

While times are changing in the royal family, there are still certain traditions that royal family members still follow even today.

For example, in high-class British society, young boys under the age of 8 simply don’t wear long pants as it’s seen as too “suburban.” The practice of “breeching” continues even now, which is why you’ll rarely see Prince George in long pants.

Cambridge family
The Cambridge family | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Speaking of clothing, you’re unlikely to catch young Prince George in a graphic tee either. That’s because the Cambridges follow royal protocol by dressing their children in plain, slightly old-fashioned outfits that are timeless and classic.

Royal children go to the best schools, eat the best foods, and participate in a variety of activities to ensure they’re well-rounded. They must learn a foreign language (or several) and are forced to play outside more often than they’re allowed to watch television.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are parenting their way

The Cambridge family
The Cambridge family | Samir Hussein/WireImage

There’s no right or wrong way to parent, and what works for one family may not work for another. Even though Prince William and Kate Middleton must follow a different set of rules, especially since they’re raising a future king, they still try to keep their kids from getting too spoiled.

Royal kids are just like regular kids in many ways. They just have better titles.