The One Thing Meghan Markle Should Copy From Kate Middleton if She Wants to be a Good Royal Mom
Everyone wants to be a good parent. That’s why there are thousands of books and classes out there on how exactly to do it. And almost everyone, whether they have a child or not, is set on giving mothers advice on how to raise their children.
While all moms face a significant amount of scrutiny in regards to their parenting, royal moms have it even worse. Everything they do is in the public eye so entire nations are able to weigh in on what the moms are doing right and wrong.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s upbringings
Middleton grew up in the world of aristocracy. She traveled in the same circles as royals for her entire life. Markle, on the other hand, didn’t even come from the United Kingdom.
Growing up in America as a product of a broken home, Markle’s upbringing was considerably less fancy than Middleton’s, which surely plays into how she plans to raise her firstborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.
“When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex became parents for the first time the world looked on in anticipation of how they would raise the latest addition to the royal family – and, if they would copy Harry’s brother and sister-in-law, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” Zoe Bonser, Show Director at The Baby Show, told Express.co.uk.
“However, as time progresses it’s clear that Meghan and Kate have both taken different approaches to bringing up their little ones.”
Markle and Middleton’s differences in parenting
Though Markle is a new parent, she has already proven to have a different parenting style than her sister-in-law.
“The most notable [difference] is that Meghan takes a much more modern approach to parenting while Kate appears to stick to tradition,” Bonser told the outlet. “Meghan trusts in her own decisions and makes her own way when it comes to motherhood, taking influence from others outside of the royal family.”
Markle has been paving her own way when it comes to motherhood ever since her pregnancy.
“She also refrained from the day-of-birth photo opportunity and chose a modern buggy rather than the classic Silver Cross that was used by royals – and Kate and William – for generations,” Bonser continued.
The women also differ in how much they want their children to be in the spotlight.
“Another stark difference is of course privacy and the fact that Meghan and Harry want to give baby Archie as normal an upbringing as possible,” Bonser said.
“For instance, Meghan and Harry chose to forego Archie’s royal title, keep him out of the spotlight and parent without an army of staff. It seems that they are in their own happy, private bubble.”
What is the one thing that Markle should do like Middleton?
Markle has already proven not to be the best when it comes to handling her image in the public eye. But now that she is a mother, she may want to be more concerned with how she comes off.
Middleton has done a great job handling her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’ reputations by controlling the narrative.
“I think [Harry and Meghan] should take some advice from Kate and William, they’ve done it really well,” royals expert Angela Mollard said of raising children on an episode Australian magazine New Idea’s podcast “Royals.”
“Yes, their children are visible but they own that message,” she said. “Also, social media has given them the opportunity to disseminate information when and how they want.”
“But we don’t see them photographed really in other situations that definitely 20, 30 years ago, they [would be], there weren’t so many boundaries,” Mollard continued. “Now, I think that what’s interesting is that Kate, in producing pictures of her children herself, choosing them, owning and managing that image – I think there’s a lot to be learned from that.”
By curating what images are put out of her children, Middleton effectively controls how people see them literally and figuratively. We know Markle likes to go her own way, but this might be a piece of advice worth following.