Kate Middleton’s shock over being dubbed the ‘strict parent’ out of her and Prince William

The Princess of Wales has three children - Prince George, Charlotte and Louis - with husband Prince William

Prince George, Prince Louis, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Princess Charlotte
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Kate Middleton is shocked to learn a pensioner thinks she's the stricter parent out of her and her husband Prince William.

The Princess of Wales was put on the spot by 93-year-old garden party guest Aldith Grandison whilst they were chatting at the Buckingham Palace garden party - just days after King Charles' coronation.

It comes after reports that Buckingham Palace removed Meghan Markle’s name from Archie’s birth certificate, but it wasn't the same for Kate.

Kate Middleton's parenting style has been praised by parenting experts but one fan wanted to know more about the parenting dynamics of the royal couple who are parents to Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five.

And during their exchange about telling jokes like the classic knock-knock jokes, Kate confessed to Aldith and her granddaughter Jay Cee La Bouche, "I'm terrible. I'm terrible at jokes," before admitting that Prince William was "very good" at dad jokes, in contrast.

Aldith told Kate, "You're the strict one."

To which the Princess replied, "I'm definitely not strict! How can you tell that? Surely not!"

The clip capturing Kate's shocked reaction was shared by Sky News on X (the new name for Twitter)

But the suggestion comes as no surprise, as at previous royal events, fans have seen Kate subtly discipline her children - particularly her youngest son Prince Louis when he has been up to his antics. 

Who can forget the time he pulled faces in the stands at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee parade and Kate was seen having a quiet word with the youngster?

She has also used other discipline cues for her children when attending royal engagements with Kate's strictest rule being a 'no shouting' rule.

Instead of sending their children to the classic naughty step or banishing them to their rooms, Kate and William have introduced a "chat sofa". 

The source explained, "The naughty child is taken away from the scene of the row or disruption and talked to calmly by either Kate or William. Things are explained and consequences outlined and they never shout at them."

However, as the children grow up, they are set to be strongly influenced by their nanny as she takes on a new key role.

Kate Middleton and Prince Louis sticking his tongue out at Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

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Fans can learn more about Kate's 'relatable' parenting style which is a mix of traditional and modern elements, or work out which parenting style they have themselves.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)