People: Duchess Kate handled Charlotte’s tongue-sticking-out thing ‘wonderfully’

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People Magazine put the Cambridge kids on the cover of this week’s issue. At first I was like “why in the world?” but then I remembered that we got to see Princess Charlotte and Prince George out and about last week for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s big Keen King’s Cup regatta. Personally, I thought it was nice that William and Kate brought out their two older kids for the sailboat racing. I’ve often wondered why Will & Kate don’t bring their kids out for more of their events, just because they do so many kid-friendly events and it would be nice to see the Cambridge kids interact with – gasp! – peasant children. That didn’t happen at the King’s Cup races – George and Charlotte were looked after by Carole and Michael Middleton, and they spent their time with adults. And then Kate asked Charlotte to wave to the crowd and Charlotte stuck her tongue out instead. The British tabloids basically crowned Kate the Mother of the Year because she laughed when Charlotte did that.

So, anyway, the People cover story is just about how the Cambridge kids are fine and that Charlotte is outgoing and George is more shy.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte already know there’s nothing like the bond between brother and sister. Whether they’re stealing the show at royal weddings or casually kicking around a soccer ball while dad Prince William plays polo, the royal siblings’ relationship is strengthened by their unique upbringing — after all, most kids don’t call Queen Elizabeth “Gan Gan.”

“They are close in age, and they spend so much time together,” an insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Playdates [with outsiders] can be tricky, so they learn to lean on each other.”

That’s not to say the pair aren’t without their differences — Prince George, 6, is “more reserved” while Princess Charlotte, 4, is “more outgoing.” In addition, they’ll be prepared for very different roles with George third in line to be monarch (after grandfather Prince Charles and dad Prince William). The children’s varying personalities were on display at their parents’ charity sailing race last week, with Charlotte playfully sticking out her tongue at one point.

“Kate just handled it wonderfully,” says a longtime royal observer. “She just laughed, and it was really lovely to see. For once you looked at them and thought, ‘They’re a family,’ rather than ‘the royal family.’ “

While Prince Louis, 1, is quickly catching up to his older siblings — Kate has said she’s “running after him all the time” — George and Charlotte will soon share more time together. In just a few weeks, the little princess will join her big brother at Thomas’s Battersea, a $23,000-per-year private school some three miles from the family’s Kensington Palace home.

“She can’t wait to be with George at big school,” says the insider. “She is so excited about it all.”

[From People]

“Kate just handled it wonderfully. She just laughed, and it was really lovely to see…” What were they expecting Kate to do? It actually seemed like Kate was slightly embarrassed about it and in the video, you can see how quickly Charlotte was hustled off by Carole. Interesting family dynamics, I guess. Anyway, it’s clear that Charlotte has a lot of personality and that George seems much more reserved. Even though Will and Kate claim they haven’t really explained George’s position and future to him, I have a feeling that he already knows from other people that he’s the “future king.”

King's Cup regatta

King's Cup regatta

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  1. Darla says:

    haha, that is adorable! One thing I will give them (not a royal fan by any stretch, and that means none of em sorry), their children are gorgeous. I can’t help smiling. I do love children.

  2. Ader says:

    Bookmarking. Because the second Archie sticks his tongue out, there will be 700 think pieces on what a terrible mother Meghan must be for allowing it to happen.

    • Beli says:

      You’re not the only one taking note. Archie will be painted as an out of control tearaway and Meghan as the worst mother ever, you can bet on that.

      • Megan says:

        And the RR’s and tabs can’t figure out why they intend to raise Archie outside of the public eye. SMDH

    • bonobochick says:

      For sure. Racist UK media will continue with the double standards and some folks will play dumb about that being the case.

    • jennifer says:

      huh? why create more drama? stop pitting these two women against each other.

      • Ader says:

        What? How is this pitting two women against each other!? I’m commenting on the press’s proven tendency to indulge in double standards. I’m sure both Kate and Meghan are well versed on the games that royal reporters play.

      • MariEmme says:

        THIS x1000. Meghan’s treatment at the hands of the British press is horrific, but I’m really tired of this narrative.

      • Ader says:

        What narrative has exhausted you? Why is it terrible to point out double standards?

      • Nic919 says:

        The press has already been hypocritical and putting these two against each other with Kate good and Meghan bad. Pretending that it won’t happen again is naive. Racism by the UK media may be exhausting but pretending it doesn’t exist is worse.

    • Sof says:

      I have the theory that they will desperately try to “claim” Archie as an English boy and not an American, show how he behaves/looks more like Harry than Meghan by comparing the two all the time.

      • Ader says:

        Solid, solid prediction! [Rubs hands together] We’ll have to see which tact they take!

      • Nahema says:

        Why? He’s half American & half British. That can’t be disputed. It sounds more like you want to claim him as American. The fact is that he’s growing up (for now) in the UK and will be exposed to far more British culture than American.

        I’m mixed race and duel nationality (British & American). I was born in London and have lived my whole life here. If anyone asks, I’m British. I don’t feel a claim to my US citizenship just because it’s where my dad was born.

        I have kids who are half French & half British and the same applies. They have French names and speak French but they also identify as British and I often have to remind them that half of their family are from another country.

        Archie will make his mind up, not the press and it’s still very possible that they’ll quit Royal life (if the monarchy even remains) and end up living in the States. He’s only a baby; theres still years for things to change.

      • Nadja Natascha says:

        They will have to point out that Archie is British. Because the Royal Family is funded by the British taxpayer. I don’t think the Brits would like to support a US-American Royal. They want their Royals to be British.
        Same as US-Americans would like their Presidents to be US-American.

    • perplexed says:

      I was watching a documentary on Diana last year (maybe it was the one on ABC which talked about her historical impact?), and apparently she was criticized when Harry stuck out his tongue. I think it depends on what the press is feeling about you at the moment.

      I do think Kate shows more personality when she’s with her kids, so in that sense I kind of get why people are amused when she has a reaction to her kids. She’s her happiest it seems when she sees kids (hers and others people). Before she had kids, I thought she had no personality.

    • Izzy says:

      The SECOND that happens, I will personally launch the Twitter pile-on dragging People mag or any other crapfest media outlet that pulls that stunt. I am so OVER the Meghan-hate.

      On another note, that was fricking adorable. Kids do it all the time. I think it’s hilarious.

    • asdfa says:

      FOR REAL.

  3. Mia4s says:

    “Kate just handled it wonderfully. She just laughed, and it was really lovely to see…”

    OMG this is unbearably stupid. What, did they think she was going to back hand her? Burst into hysterical tears at her failure as a mother? Wow, mother is good natured about child’s antics, stunning, let’s rename a hospital after her. 🙄🙄

  4. Maria says:

    Meanwhile Andrew and Fergie have fled together to Malaga and the reports are that he is starting to panic for real.

    • agnes says:

      As he should be.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I hope he is feeling every bit the fear that the young girls who were trafficked and abused felt, may he never have a moments comfort going forward.

    • Citresse says:

      This is the best news. MORE PLEASE.

    • Mia4s says:

      Exactly, thank you. The cute little children are nice…but this is the reality of the royal family.

    • Maria says:

      The most disgusting part was the article saying Fergie urged him to take her so she could show the world her support of him and that it felt like “the old days when they used to take on the world together”. Vomit.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Freeloading Fergie strikes again… anything to score a free trip. She’s scared too…anything happens to Andy, there goes her source of money and shelter.

    • bonobochick says:

      The Sun’s take seemed to be sympathetic to Andrew & Fergie, which I found misplaced and gross but par for the course with The Sun.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Andrew and Fergie jetting off in a private plane to Malaga to sequester themselves in a luxe villa in Sotogtande is … Just so very ON BRAND for those two grifters.

      I mean they could quietly retreat to their home Royal Lodge in Windsor and lay low for awhile. But no, those two feel entitled in this moment to ostentatiously pamper themselves in Spain. Between the two of them, zero ounces of intelligence or integrity.

      • Andy says:

        @tourmaline this this this. yes.

      • Olenna says:

        MTE. And, where are all the Sussex critics from yesterday who were either ringing their hands over the couple’s carbon footprint or laughing their asses off at what hypocrites they think the Sussexes are for flying a few hours in a private plain to Spain?

    • OriginalLala says:

      Ugh, I hope justice comes for them, especially Andy. His crimes have gone un-punished for too long

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Which means that there is evidence that he did have sex with underage girls – evidence that they haven’t been able to bury. The smug seems to have been wiped off his face, I wonder whats going to drop as he’s left the country for a reason and not a ‘romantic’ holiday with his ex-wife.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      When I read the part about William and Kate seeming like a “real” family instead of a “royal” family, I thought, “Yeah, they better get uses to that, because the end can’t be far.”

      • Maria says:

        We can only hope! Honestly, I think the royals will sweep all this under the carpet, and nothing will happen to Andrew. And Fergie will go on TV and defend him, and insist he did nothing wrong and get paid handsomely for it.

  5. Lizzie says:

    you know she laughed and then got close and said “if you don’t put that tongue back in your head i’ll rip it out”

    • jennifer says:


      • Lizzie says:

        well it was a joke b/c i’m sure those kids are told to be on their best behavior and have consequences when they aren’t. these poor people can’t cut a fart without a protocol – let alone have free spirited children.

      • Lady D says:

        A horrific sadist with a terrifying threat to a 4yo. Wtf indeed.
        I remember being about 7, sitting on the floor shaking with my mother holding me down. She had a little sharp knife and said she was going to cut my toes off. She ran the knife across the top of one of my toes, I saw a line of blood and my toe bone. I don’t remember anything else about that episode, but I do still have my toes, scarred but they are all here.

    • DM2 says:

      LOL – maybe she did! I know we siblings weren’t allowed to stick our tongues out at *each other* growing up — let alone in public. We would have been chasing our heads down the street. Mumma didn’t want any brats :)

    • Amanduh says:

      It’s scarier when you whisper threats!!

  6. Beli says:

    For now I’m just happy that the press are playing off Charlotte’s moment as cute and fun. I have a feeling that once she gets to be a teenager they won’t be quite so forgiving.

    Kate handled it fine. She did look a bit embarrassed, but she didn’t make a big deal about it. The over the top praise is ridiculous, but the press are invested in their Sainted Mother Kate line, so it’s predictable.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Charlotte is adorable, but I feel for her since that photo will be brought out over and over her whole life.

      • Mumbles says:

        There are pics of Harry doing the same when he was younger than Charlotte (Diana was holding him), at some event on the balcony, and yup, it gets thrown up on the web every once and a while. And there, he was just trying to be funny.

        I thought Kate’s “laugh” was a hasty response to her own mortification. She was trying to convince everyone Charlotte was trying to be funny. I’m not sure about that.

        As for Fergie, the only reason she has been kept so close to the fold is she knows stuff and has cheerfully kept quiet in exchange for sharing the house with Andrew, the Swiss chalet, etc. She’s gross.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Of course it will, just like the pic/video of Harry sticking out his tongue from the window of the car (Diana pulled him away from the window), and the one where she’s holding him in her arms. Whenever it’s needed to make “the golden one(s) look better, Char’s antics will be trotted out.

      • Lady D says:

        I wonder if she will end up under the bus for her big brother over and over? Would her parents allow it? It could be quite the dilemma for William.

  7. marjorie says:

    What was there to “handle”?? Seriously, the incident was done and over with in a couple of seconds. Skillful parenting?

  8. Busyann says:

    Thanks Kaiser! That’s exactly what I thought too about George knowing. There seemed to be a shift in him about a year or so ago. He’s a child, but George really seems like he is carrying the weight of the world on his little shoulders.

  9. Eliza says:

    I doubt Will and Kate need to explain he’ll be future King because I can’t see a monarchy existing, like today, in 60 years time. So hopefully they encourage him to have a strong education to fall back on.

    • Himmiefan says:


    • Busyann says:

      Agreed. I’ve said from the beginning that I dont think the monarchy will make it to George. Will and Kate will burn it to the ground if it is even around for them.

    • PrincessofPeas says:

      I don’t think the monarchy will falter. Not because of the sign of times but because I believe we will have a massive third world war in the next 60 years, maybe even sooner. And if there is one thing that thrives under war its the monarchy.

      If you look at what is happening in Gibraltar, the Iran oil tankers, the massive USA debt and trade war with China. If the dollar falls and China comes to collect it will be war. If Iran launches their nuclear weapon it will be war, and look at what is happening in Hong Kong, how will Europe and USA react when China goes full in?

      I will be like Charlotte I will stick my tongue out to all the people who have made this world a very unstable place.

      • Nadja Natascha says:

        It would be nice if this monarchy could work a bit harder to prevent that looming war which I see looming as well. But I guess that that is not in their interest … neither in their financial interests nor in their keep-the-monarchy interest.

        What it takes to turn a monarchy into a republic:

        Germany’s emperor Wilhelm had to abdicate after WW1 – respectively he fled like a coward and left it to Prince Max of Baden to deal with the matter. The latter looked at the german monarchy and their deeds and at the heirs presumptive and their families and decided to not put too much effort into saving the prussian monarchy but to negotiate favorable terms with the winners. It also helped that the german monarchy were prussian (prostestantism bending to the monarchy, militarist, ill-educated) and Prince Max von Baden was Bavarian (katholic, humanist education at school, attempted to study law, refused active military service but was forced into the emperor’s army and the bavarians never liked the prussians who forced them into the German Empire). Max von Baden was homosexual and married to keep up the facade. The empress later blackmailed Max von Baden in order to make him keep the monarchy but it didn’t work out. After some back and forth the chancellor’s post was given to Ebert who was democratically elected member of parliament. Ebert wanted to keep some monarchical elements because he was one of those social climbers who become the establishment’s spitlickers. But Scheidemann who was a more democratic figure simply cheekily declared Germany to be a republic and so Germany became a republic. ;-)

        As you can see there was a lot of horseplay and blackmailing behind the scenes and most participants were not decent upright people. It required a lot of luck, too, for Germany to become a democracy after WW1 but even that didn’t prevent WW2.

      • Nadja Natascha says:

        In short: it takes a major catastrophe to abolish a monarchy completely.

  10. Mego says:

    Kate is the most amazing Mom in the world for not publicly scolding a 4 year old for being a 4 year old. Remember how she was so quick to pull Charlotte back from the balcony at Buck Palace at Trooping 2018? What a saint!


    Meanwhile the sex offender Andrew is on vacation with his ex wife. That’s even more desperate than it looks.

    • Nadja Natascha says:

      And it is slightly disgusting they use the royal children to sprinkle fairy dust smoke screens about Randy Andy’s Epstein history in the media.

  11. Loretta says:

    Enough with this tongue out story.

  12. Beach Dreams says:

    Lol. The bar is below sea level at this point.

  13. Lightpurple says:

    Charlotte looks so much like the Queen that I can now imagine the Queen sticking her tongue out.

  14. OriginalLala says:

    We all knew there would be a slew of nonsense articles about the BRF instead of focusing on Pedo Andy and Epstein. Don’t be placated..

  15. Seraphina says:

    First and foremost the kids are adorable and yes the video is very cute. But let’s be real, what was she to do??? Fuss or discipline her??? And what is really annoying is that they crown (no pun intended) this as a mother of the year moment for Kate. Not so sure that would be the case with other kiddos.

    And yeah, I’m on board that PG knows what his role will be. Like: that’s your great grandmother the Queen. I seriously doubt he’s been living in a bubble.

  16. Molly says:

    For the record, there were several other kids on the watch boat with George and Charlotte, and they seemed to interact comfortably together. They were not peasant children either, but it’s inaccurate to state interaction “didn’t happen at the King’s Cup races.” It clearly did.

    • Aang says:

      Yes there was really cute little boy that was handsy with George and it seemed normal and fun. Anyone know who the other boy was?

  17. Lexa says:

    The Sun and a few other outlets claim she was sticking her tongue out at her grandfather after her mom pointed him out in the crowd. Could be a quick PR clean up, I suppose, but it makes sense to me because he’s the only family member there that’s missing from those pictures.

  18. Sof says:

    Well, maybe he is old enough to realize that having strangers calling your name and taking pictures of you is not normal. Perhaps he started asking questions.

  19. leena says:

    it would be so much better if people would stay more on topic with each article. When it is a Kate thread stick to praising/critising Kate; when it is a Meghan stick to praising/criticising Meghan; keep Andrew out of every thread except ones specifically about him. Nobody deserves to have him brought into their threads.

    So many comments are “if this was Kate/Meghan blah blah blah, that it becomes repetitive, predictable and tiresome.

    Rant over.

    • OriginalLala says:

      Well all these topics are related. The media wants to drag Meghan down by raising up Kate, the media throws alot of nonsense BRF articles instead of focusing on those in the family who are potentially serious criminals, rinse and repeat. It’s all related that’s why we talk about it…

  20. Lisa says:

    The kids are adorable.

  21. Digital Unicorn says:

    Louis is a mini James Middleton.

  22. Liz version 700 says:

    Thank goodness they are finally letting George wear clothes from this decade. Very cute pictures.

  23. Aurelia says:

    Lock up your little girls Malaga, Andie is on his way.

  24. Myra says:

    Charlotte maybe a little brat. First she makes a nasty comment to Reporters now this.

  25. Nadja Natascha says:

    She is four years old and it must be rather tedious for a four-years old girl to attend these royal duties.

  26. RoyalBlue says:

    Oh I believe George is well aware of his station in life. He is old enough to make simple observations and compare his life to his fellow students. Special protection officers following you to the washrooms for one. I only hope he turns out grateful for the privileges granted and be a humble and hard working leader. Who knows? he may end up being like James Middleton, just enjoying the company of his 2,000 dogs and ambling through life living off trust funds.