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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s adorable video with their three children to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary has been criticised by a royal expert for exposing the “double standard” in the institution.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared the video on social media yesterday (April 29), showing them playing with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, three, in the grounds of Antrim Hall, Norfolk.
Royal fans gushed over the heartwarming scenes between the parents and kids but it appears not everyone is happy.
Danielle Elser, the news.com.au royal correspondent, claimed that such an intimate portrait of the Cambridge’s children would have received a different reception had it been made by the Sussexes and highlights the "whopping double standard".
“Imagine for a moment that this production had been put out by Harry and Meghan; they would have been immediately excoriated for going full Hollywood, for showcasing their young son in a totally unprecedented way and for traducing royal values and standards in what would be read as a ravenous, unseemly pursuit of popularity and good PR,” she wrote.
Danielle also suggests the video may only have been released as a “damage control” effort in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview.
She continued: “The official statement put out after the Sussexes’ Oprah interview might have only been 61 words long but I think we can draw a pretty clear line between their moment in the TV spotlight and the Cambridges’ star turn today.
“Had Harry and Meghan not decided to air the Royal Family’s laundry for the world to see, would William and Kate have so eagerly put this production out there? I’m not so sure.”
The royal expert also suggested it was “risky” to show all three children in equal measure as it will make it harder to protect Charlotte and Louis – who are unlikely to become monarchs – from media glare.
Following the release of the video by the Cambridge’s body language expert Judi James claimed William and Kate didn’t “look trapped”, despite the claims of Harry in his Oprah interview.
“This film seems to fly in the face of Harry's recent claims about William being 'trapped' in the royal family and unable to act freely,” she told Daily Mail.
“The playful, outdoor behaviour here is all about freedom of both actions and emotions and the three children look wonderfully uninhibited as they run about having fun.”
Meanwhile, Meghan fans called Wills and Kate “copycats” over their anniversary pictures.
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