Charlotte ‘knows her own mind’ and doesn’t follow George’s lead, claims expert

Princess Charlotte already “seems to know her own mind” when she’s out and about on official functions, according to a body-language expert.

The six-year-old, who is the older brother of Prince Louis, three, is the middle of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children.

But she already seems to take the lead over eight-year-old Prince George when they are on public duty together, says Judi James.

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During a visit with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to Cardiff over the recent Jubilee weekend, George and Charlotte were seen shaking hands with people in the crowd near the castle.

“It’s pretty clear from their body language together on official events that William and Kate have been coaching their two elder children in the art of smiling, waving and handshaking,” Judi told

“Although George and Charlotte still look a little reticent about instigating any shakes, they will timidly but happily join in a ritual that is more for adults than small children in the real world.”

But of the two, Charlotte appears to be more confident, Judi said, adding that the princess doesn’t seem to need the guidance of her older brother.

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And as the only girl amongst the siblings, it looks as though she takes charge of her brothers at times.

“Charlotte seems to know her own mind when it comes to these small formal acts,” Judi said.

“She rarely, if ever, glances at George to suggest she is taking his lead.

“If anything, Louis tends to glance at her first for the lead when it comes to waving or clapping, and during the recent Jubilee celebrations we saw Charlotte very sweetly but firmly correct both her brothers: Louis for over-clapping and putting his fingers in his mouth, and George when he forgot to place his arms straight down at his sides when they stood on the balcony for the anthem.”


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