Prince William and Princess Kate's modern parenting revealed, including 'chat sofa' and one massive no-no

Prince William and Princess Kate's modern parenting methods may raise eyebrows among more old-fashioned Royal Family members

 Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School, near Ascot on September 7, 2022 in Bracknell, England. The family have set up home in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor's Home Park as their base after the Queen gave them permission to lease the four-bedroom Grade II listed home.
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It's increasingly clear that Prince William and Princess Kate are resolute in their mission to carve out their own path as parents. In light of this, it's no surprise that this is reflected in their discipline style too.


Prince William and Princess Kate's modern parenting means that, compared to previous generations of the Royal Family, they have a pretty hands-on approach. Despite having help, extra attention to rules include the one word Kate Middleton's children's nanny isn't allowed to say in front of them and an absolute ban on raised voices.

“Shouting is absolutely ‘off limits’ for the children," reports The Sun (opens in new tab), "and any hint of shouting at each other is dealt with by removal." A royal source shared with the publication that the couple has even brought on a more contemporary concept, popularised by reality childcare expert Jo Frost. Jo, who previously praised Kate Middleton's parenting of Prince Louis as a 'great example,' is best known for her reality show Supernanny - which brought the 'naughty step' into many family homes.

Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge ride in a carriage during Trooping The Colour

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According to The Sun's royal source, however, that's not the case for the Prince and Princess of Wales. “There’s no ’naughty step’ but there is a ‘chat sofa,'" they reveal. “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."

Hands-on as they may be, these busy parents would be lost without the family nanny, Maria Borallo, who trained at the famous Norland College - one of the most elite places for childcare professionals to study.

What it all comes down to is being firm and strict - while appearing not to be. “It is a military operation but you would never guess it because they work ferociously hard on their children’s upbringing," explained the source, "and making it seem relaxed and happy for the three of them." Adding, “They are very good at listening to the children but being firm.”

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