Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have two children together: Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. During his visit to China, Prince Albert received an adorable gift for the twins.
Prince Albert was gifted with a small figurine of the Winter Games’ mascot: Bing Dwen Dwen, the little panda.
After receiving the gift, the Prince said: “Can I ask you a big favour?
“Could I do a second one? Because I have twins, so if I only bring that one home…”
To what the vendor replied: “Right, that would be a problem!”
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The moment was captured on video by the Chinese television and the Prince appeared very happy to receive two little toys for the twins Gabriella and Jacques.
General Secretary Xi Jinping congratulated the Prince: “You have chosen two adorable Bing Dwen Dwens as souvenirs for your children. We hope that as they grow up they will become as talented and keen on winter sports as you are.”
Princess Charlene was absent as she is currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Monaco.
The former Olympic swimmer travelled to her native South Africa to receive hospital treatment last year when rumours about her marriage with Prince Albert began circulating.
She then returned to Monaco at the end of 2021 and was reunited with her two children. The Palace said in a statement last month her recovery is “progressing satisfactorily and very encouragingly”.
Mairead Molloy, Relationship Consultant and Strategist at Berkeley International, commented on Charlene’s parenting after being away from her children for a long time.
Mairead explained Charlene “has a lovely balance of sensitivity and gentle boundaries and she is an active listener”.
The 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.”
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’. They must be well-mannered and polite, clean and tidy and sociable.”
The expert explained: “When kids are brought up out of the public eye, the landscape of their upbringing will be a lot different to that of a public royal.
“Some might argue it’s better. It depends on how royally senior they are.”
Mairead explained that Charlene, like many other royals who have full time jobs and royal engagements which they must attend, “can spend prolonged amounts of time away from their children”.
She continued: “Children raised in the Royal Family can sometimes have struggles of their own.
“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.”