Forget friction elsewhere, the royal children have an undeniable sibling bond

Forget friction elsewhere, the royal children have an undeniable sibling bond

May 6, 2023

It’s no secret that the royal family has had to contend with some internal tension recently, to put it mildly.

But as the world watches for any possible signs of animosity between Prince Harry and the rest of ‘The Firm’ today, the royal children have warmed hearts at the Coronation of their grandfather, King Charles.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis clearly have a strong family bond, according to Dr Marianne Trent, a clinical psychologist who works with children.

Charlotte and Louis in particular have been shown holding hands, whispering and generally supporting one another through what must be a challenging day.

‘What we know about children is that they tend to recreate the behaviours they are used to being on the receiving end of,’ Dr Trent tells

‘So, when we see siblings offering comfort by holding hands and chatting, it is likely that we can assume these are practices they are familiar with.’

Elsewhere, Charlotte was seen laughing with her mother, Kate, Princess of Wales, while George appeared happy alongside the other page boys.

Louis was clearly fascinated by the grandeur of Westminster Abbey, pointing out various features to his older sister.

‘When we see children pointing out and commenting on their immediate environment it shows us that they are confident and inquisitive and are likely caught up in some of the wonder of what they are seeing too,’ explains Dr Trent.

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As the King was crowned, Louis was excused for a break. It is a rather long day for a five-year-old, after all, and he was shown yawning before he left.

And George, nine, and Charlotte, eight, might be starting to get a little restless themselves, says Dr Trent.

‘We also observed Prince George wiggling his mouth about as Queen Camilla was about to be crowned,’ she says. ‘This might well have been a self-stimulatory behaviour to cope with what might be a bit of dry occurrence for a nine-year-old to contend with.’

Nevertheless, their behaviour has been impeccable so far. And after his brief nap, Louis is back in the fold, waving to crowds as they leave Westminster Abbey.

So how on earth do the parents (and nannies) manage it?

‘As any parent will know it’s tricky to get children to sit and pay attention for any length of time and they’ll likely have practiced a great deal with their parents and advisors,’ says Dr Trent.

‘They seem to be doing a great job at a very adult ceremony and as incentivising is always useful it’s a firm bet they’ve got some brilliant things to look forward to once the camera stop rolling and they can race about again.’

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