While so many of us were delighted to be a fly on the wall as Princess Charlotte wandered into her first day of school with her brother, mum and dad, others were less than impressed.
Charlotte’s first day
The four-year-old princess and her six-year-old big brother Prince George are now attending Thomas’s Battersea school together, streamlining the school drop-off down to one stop.
Royal fans were excited to see Charlotte in her school uniform, holding Duchess Kate’s hand and flipping her ponytail nervously.
But many were also a bit upset by these photos. They reasoned that this should be a more private moment, especially as Charlotte was nervously eyeing the press as they intrusively snapped their cameras.
Commenting on social media, many were quick to defend the little royals.
“Why should they be photographed on such a day?” one follower posted. “I don’t want to sound like I’m accusing them of anything, but sometimes they shouldn’t be photographed for everything!”
“Poor children,” another posted. “Charlotte looks so uncomfortable and keeps looking at the camera wondering what’s all that about?”
“Princess Charlotte is looking at the photographers like ‘you are not coming,'” someone else wrote, referring to Charlotte’s cheeky response to the press who were invited to Prince Louis’ christening (but not to the party afterwards!)
“So cute but poor kids being tormented by the press going to school,” another royal fan commented.
It’s their job!
But many others were quick to point out that the press had been invited to capture this big moment, and that it’s really part of the job. Lots of people thought Kate and William (aka the future King of England) were managing their children’s roles and responsibilities brilliantly.
“A huge thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for always keeping their fans and the public updated and involved in their personal lives!” someone pointed out. “It’s wonderful to be able to witness these little, normal moments in the lives of Senior Royals like yourselves.”
“By providing this type of access they reaffirm to the public that they are a caring family who can share the same special days in their lives as everyone else’s,” one fan asserted.
“As parents they protect their children’s privacy, keep the public appearances minimum and let them live as normal as possible,” another monarchist commented. “But at the same time also honour the people and their position by sharing this kind of moments with us. Apparently they realise that privileges always come with responsibilities.”
Possibly a dig or two at Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan there, but what’s new? Sigh.