Kate Middleton and Prince William are the parents of three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Meanwhile, Kate’s younger sister Pippa Middleton has two children, Arthur and Grace.
On the rare occasions when she is seen with her three kids, the Duchess of Cambridge seems like a warm and loving mum.
However, her approach is conditioned by having all eyes on her – and on her parenting style.
Sister Pippa is able to enjoy a more “down to earth” life, further away from criticism and public scrutiny.
According to body language expert Judi James, Kate and Pippa’s parenting style is completely different, as the latter has the privilege of living a semi-normal family life.
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That is something that the Duchess of Cambridge will never show, at least not in public.
Judi explained: “There appears to be a world of difference between Kate and Pippa when it comes to their parenting poses.
“Pippa does appear to have inherited the Middleton knack of looking breezily calm and beautiful despite being loaded up with one small child walking beside her clutching the pram; a baby inside the pram, plus a whole load of baggage on the pram.
“The sign here is that this is her own personal balancing act, too.”
Judi explained Kate “might envy” Pippa’s way of raising her children and her more “practical” parenting style.
“Although Kate, as future Queen and mother of a future King, is the consummate pro in terms of presenting the pitch-perfect, immaculate royal family moments, it’s easy to have a sneaky suspicion that she might actually envy Pippa for her ability to stride out in comfort wearing trainers, macs and shades,” she said.
Pippa Middleton, just like her sister, lives a very privileged life which includes 24-hour help raising her children.
However, she is usually seen around her neighbourhood in Notting Hill, in London, going for walks with her kids just like any other mum. Something that Kate will never be able to do.
Although sometimes a nanny accompanies Pippa and the kids, other times she has been seen “pushing luggage and children by herself in a way that many other parents have to do every day of their lives,” Judi explained.
In comparison, “Kate’s elegant exterior suggests the swan through water comparison; looking calm and beautiful on the surface while paddling away furiously underneath to achieve that effect.
“Her royal role shows her leading two or possible three young children clad in heels and the kind of stylish outfits that are not child-friendly.”
Judi continued: “Despite this she seems intent on being a very face-to-face mum, bending to the height of her children when talking to them and even part-kneeling in a bid to give them her full attention and to tune into their feelings and emotions.
“With the children so publicly on show like this she has to manage a tactile, close-up approach with ensuring a sense of fun but no tears of tantrums, alongside the normal royal demands.”
Judi explained that Kate “uses touch rituals and eye contact or face-watching as her tie-signs and these can be a constant form of non-verbal reassurance, checking and communication touches that will help her tune in to her children when they appear in public.
“For Pippa the bonding looks a lot more relaxed.
“Looking down at her small child with pride she’s got fewer eyes on her and less public scrutiny, allowing what might be a more practical approach, with her hair tied back and a fond-looking smile on her face.”