Princess Charlene's parenting is 'a lot different' in public – 'rules are not enforced'

Princess Charlene has been married to Prince Albert II since 2011 and has two seven-year-old twins, Gabriella and Jacques. But how is she as a mother?

Princess Charlene returned to her native South Africa to receive hospital treatment last year when rumours about her marriage with Prince Albert began circulating.

The royal returned to Monaco at the end of 2021 and was reunited with her two children after it was reported Prince Albert’s sister Princess Caroline spent a lot of time with them while their mother was away.

Mairead Molloy, Relationship Consultant and Strategist at Berkeley International commented on Charlene’s role as a mother and explained her parenting while in Monaco “is quite similar to many other royals in the British Royal Family”.

“Charlene, like Kate, is a sensitive and warm mother.

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“She has a lovely balance of sensitivity and gentle boundaries and she is an active listener like Kate.”

The parenting expert said: “Charlene’s parenting style could be described as ‘permissive parenting’, a modern style of parenting where a child is seen as equal rather than children of a parent.

“Permissive parents are usually seen as ‘lenient’.

“Rules are not heavily enforced and children often make their own choices without too much interference from their parents.”


Mairead also compared Princess Charlene’s parenting to another British royal: the Countess of Wessex.

She explained: “The royals have full time jobs and royal engagements which they must attend, meaning that they can spend prolonged amounts of time away from their children.

“With this in mind, Charlene’s parenting style could also be similar to that of Countess Sophie.”

She continued: “It’s important that Charlene is very discreet with her parenting, but she must also bring her children up in line with the public’s perception of a ‘good child’.

“Raising children can be difficult at the best of times, but those in the public eye are subject to an extremely high level of scrutiny, especially for those in the Royal Family.

“Furthermore, members of Royal Families are subject to much more uncertainty surrounding their work and travel plans, which can present difficulties with bringing up children so a stable upbringing is essential.

“By showing your child that you are focused on what they are saying, it can build their confidence and really encourage them to open up and share what they’re feeling.”

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