Prince Louis appeared to have had enough of the platinum jubilee on Sunday afternoon when he was spotted silencing his mother, Kate Middleton, by putting his hand over her mouth at the jubilee competition in the Royal Box.
A video of the 4-year-old quickly went viral, with some finding humor in his cheeky side, while others wondered how the British media would react if a child of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, acted like Louis.
The 19-second clip is from the broadcast of the Jubilee Pageant parade in Buckingham Palace Mall. It shows Louis sticking his tongue out and making faces at his mother, as well as putting his hand over her mouth as she talks to him.
The video has garnered 1,200 likes and nearly 200,000 views as of Sunday afternoon. Some users criticized his behavior, while others urged the internet to slack off on the toddler.
“You’ve left this baby sitting for days with public events that he probably finds very boring,” wrote Twitter user @THISisLULE. “He’ll probably get frustrated and I get it.”
Many commenters posited that while the clip would likely be dismissed as innocent toddler behavior, it would be a different story if one of his Sussex cousins, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, behaved similarly.
“If this was Archie we wouldn’t hear the ending,” tweeted user @cheerelles.
“It’s Meghan’s fault,” quipped Twitter user @ItsDhargan. “UK media headline: Meghan Markle’s nephew, Prince Louis, spotted misbehaving at the Queen’s Jubilee celebration.”
Many pointed to a 2019 news story that speculated Archie was becoming a “spoiled brat,” despite rarely being seen in public.
Some British media outlets have been accused of double standards when it comes to how they report on Kate vs. Meghan. Meghan has repeatedly been the target of press attacks, seen by many as racist in nature.
Omid Scobie, who wrote a book called About Meghan and Harry Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyShe also tweeted about the clip, saying: “I was wondering why Prince Louis was put out for a while. Kids will be kids, right?
While fans are right that UK news outlets have not criticized Kate’s parenting as of this writing, plenty of people on Twitter have.
The person who posted the video wrote, “At what point do we go from ‘wow what a relatable toddler moment’ to ‘wow you have no control over your kids?'” Some also featured Kate’s work with language development in early childhood.
Others, like Twitter user @WellingInKent, criticized the conversation surrounding Prince Louis overall. “A perfectly normal child is a perfectly normal child,” he wrote. “We’re weird, not him.”
@SplodgeHappy agreed, writing: “People criticize Kate for not being in control of the situation but if your child is misbehaving and 1 billion people are watching you what would you do? We need to stop judging mothers.”
Prince Louis appeared to be in better spirits as he joined his siblings, parents, grandparents and great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for a final balcony appearance to round out the weekend’s events.
Meghan and Harry visited London for the anniversary but didn’t appear to be attending the pageant. They attended Trooping the Color on Thursday but were absent from the photos of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. They were also spotted attending a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. On Saturday, they reportedly celebrated their daughter’s first birthday in Windsor.
https://www.newsweek.com/prince-louis-shush-kate-meghan-markle-media-1712935 Clip of Prince Louis silencing mum Kate at the anniversary Sparks media debate