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The secret signs Kate Middleton has gone from a ‘Princess Porcelain’ parent with baby George to ‘laid-back’ with Louis


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RAISING children is never easy, especially when this is done in the public eye like Kate Middleton. 

Body language expert Judi James has revealed the secret signs that show how the Duchess of Cambridge’s parenting style have changed from ‘cautious’ to ‘laid-back’ as she’s had her three kids. 

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Body language expert Judi James has said Kate Middleton’s parenting body language has grown more confident over the years[/caption]

Judi said to Fabulous: “It’s totally usual for a parent’s body language signals to morph from ‘anxious and inexperienced’ to ‘confident and laid-back’ once their family starts to grow.

“Even Kate, who has always appeared project a blend of perfect smiles and perfect poise throughout motherhood, has shown some visible changes in her parenting style between first-born George and third child Louis.

“With a first child the parent’s body is performing bends, lifts and carrying techniques that are all new to it, often leading to tension and being over-cautious.”

The body language expert analysed photos from how Kate’s interactions with her kids has developed over the years…

The ‘ming vase’ first-time mum


This sweet shot was taken of George during the Cambridge’s tour to Australia in 2014[/caption]

In this shot of Kate, William and a young Prince George on their Australia tour in 2014, Judi said “Kate seems to be suffering from the ‘Priceless porcelain’ syndrome.”

She said Kate is pictured “carrying a very young George with all the care of a very precious and very fragile vase.”

Judi added: “She is also role-splitting, mirroring William’s intensely interested eye-gaze and body lean to show the pair as a like-minded royal double-act, while also keeping her wriggling son happy and safely clamped to her torso.

“She holds George facing front, presumably so the press and fans get a good view, but the visible muscle tension in her arms suggests the two-handed lift could feel awkward for her.”

‘Tense’ protective mum

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Kate clings onto George’s arm as he tries to run away at a charity polo match in 2014[/caption]

Kate and George enjoyed a day at the charity polo in 2014, and Judi said there are still signs of “tension” as Kate tries to stop her toddler from running off.

Judi explained: “Her back-bend and intense face-watching might not be too comfortable for her.

“She holds George’s wrist as though keen to guide him, but also keen to allow him to feel he has his own space and freedom.”

The juggling mum

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Kate confidently scoops up a wailing Princesss Charlotte during a visit to Germany in 2017[/caption]

Judi said Kate might be eternally elegant but those small lines across her forehead here suggest she’s juggling royal formality with an emotional display from little Charlotte.

She added: “With two children it did become more common for William to hold onto George while Kate held Charlotte’s hand, but the way George is studying his mum here suggests Kate is on the brink of juggling the demands of both of her small children.

“There is a strong hint of growing confidence from Kate here, though.

“Despite the smart dress and heels she looks firm about her priorities, picking Charlotte up to give her undivided attention, rather than just bending to speak.”

The relaxed, ‘funmum

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Kate plays with Charlotte and George at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy in 2018[/caption]

Judi said that although Kate has clearly adored being a parent from the moment George was born, it’s since Louis appeared on the scene that she’s shown non-verbal signals to suggest she is now such an experienced and laid-back parent.

The body language expert claims Kate can actually throw herself into the fun and share it with the kids rather than just keeping a careful eye on them.

She said: “We’ve seen Kate in almost perma-laughter mode recently and when she is with her children she plays in a very spontaneous-looking way that almost out-strips all three of them.

“By the third child, like Kate, all those movements will have gone into muscle memory, meaning they’ll be done with the kind of experience and confidence that makes them sub-conscious, rather than over-deliberate.”

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Kate beams carrying Prince Louis in 2019[/caption]

Speaking of Trooping the Colour in 2019, Judi said: “Her very close, face-to-face face-pulling with Louis shows her very carefree approach, becoming the mum that makes them laugh rather than the mum who is nurturing and more cautious.

“The ease with which Kate cradles Louis in her arms on the royal balcony and smiles with delight, despite wearing a supremely smart and pristine outfit, shows the level of her confidence.

“Louis is held high so that his face is close to hers, allowing him to share the
moment, and Kate’s arms show no sign of muscle tension or effort.”

‘Beaming confident’ mum

Kate was praised for her fun reaction to Charlotte sticking out her tongue at the King's Cup regatta in 2019
Kate was praised for her fun reaction to Charlotte sticking out her tongue at the King’s Cup regatta in 2019

Holding Charlotte at the Regatta it’s Kate with the very wide-opened mouth grin of almost childlike fun and enthusiasm, according to Judi.

This body language is also seen in the piggy-back race with Kate enjoying play as much as her husband and children.

Judi added: “It’s the lock-down pose that really shows the distance Kate has travelled in terms of her parenting body language techniques.

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The Cambridge family released this sweet piggyback shot for Mother’s Day this year[/caption]

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the nation in the Clap for Carers[/caption]

“There are now no visible signs of the ‘Swan-in-the-water’ mum who manages to look calm and elegant on the surface but with her feet paddling away underneath.

“Kate now stands confidently and very centrally to the family pose, lifting Louis on her hip but with little or no apparent arm effort to suggest she’s struggling with his weight at all.

“She even seems able to hold him with her wrists while clapping the carers at the same time, suggesting very high levels of experienced confidence.”

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