Kate Middleton is Reportedly “Worried” by the Attention Paid to Prince Louis at the Platinum Jubilee

She and Prince William are trying to give their kids a sense of normalcy.

Prince Louis and Kate Middleton
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Her Majesty the Queen was the rightful star of the Platinum Jubilee in June—but a close second would be Prince Louis, with his excited waving, animated expressions, and cheeky antics. Louis—who just turned four a few weeks before the Jubilee—had, prior to the four-day event, not really seen much of the spotlight. Suddenly, after stealing the show, it was totally focused on him.

This would have worried mom Kate Middleton, says royal expert Ingrid Seward, as the Duchess of Cambridge wants to keep her three children normal and grounded. (Louis is the youngest of her trio, behind oldest sibling Prince George and middle child Princess Charlotte.) According to The Mirror, Kate and husband Prince William have carefully handled the public appearances of their three children, and Louis’ foray into the limelight might be concerning to an understandably protective mom.

“I think Kate has to wrap some semblance of normality around [their children], because she knows what [royal life] can do,” Seward says. “She’s seen it; she’s been around long enough…but they’re not normal children, and I think it’s extremely hard to keep their little feet on the ground.”

Take, for example, George—currently third in line to the throne. He is being introduced to royal life in a very different way than his father, William, was, as the Cambridges want to learn from what didn’t work well when William was a boy.

“William has curated George’s appearances in a completely different way from the way his mother and father curated his,” royal expert Richard Kay says. “William and Harry, particularly William, were thrust from a very young age center stage. William has taken a different view. He wants to protect [his children] for as long as possible, give them some semblance of a normal childhood. But, inevitably, as [George] gets older, we’re going to see more of him, in a jacket and tie, at Wimbledon as we did, and at Platinum Jubilee-type celebrations.”

As for Louis, extra attention paid to him now that the world has collectively fallen in love with him “is a danger Kate’s very aware of,” Seward says. “Louis at the Jubilee became a superstar, but that would have probably worried her a bit.”

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.