Serious Charlotte: Is being the middle child taking its toll?
Could ‘middle child syndrome’ be taking its toll?
The Duchess of Cambridge is accustomed to her daughter, threeyear-old Charlotte, melting hearts with her adorable, mischievous behaviour – while big brother George, five, either sulks or acts shy in the background.
Until a few months ago, Kate, 36, wasn’t used to the concerned looks the little princess has been offering up to the world’s press.
There have been a few occasions now, since baby Louis was born in April, where Charlotte has acted a little out of character.
At a polo match, just weeks after her younger brother was born, Charlotte was seen with a serious look on her face and clinging to her mum. At one point, she looked like she was having a massive tantrum.
Then, at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May, Charlotte’s face in the official photo was a picture – in stark contrast to her normally sullen big brother’s wide grin.
Most recently, we saw an irritated Charlotte appear to be ticking off George at the Norfolk country wedding of her godmother, Sophie Carter.
Looking unimpressed with George’s shenanigans, flower girl Charlotte seemed to be telling him off from the arms of her watchful mum, as the prince joked around for the cameras. Talk about a total sibling role reversal!
And in July this year, a grumpy Charlotte lost her temper with photographers at Prince Louis’s christening – sternly telling paparazzi gathered outside the church, ‘ You’re not coming!’
It was a different child that melted everyone’s heart in April, when she arrived at the Lindo Wing to meet her baby brother, beaming and waving to the crowd.
But why the long face? Could it be that Charlotte is dealing with a touch of classic ‘middle child syndrome’, and feeling a bit neglected?
Psychotherapist Luke Reynolds (wren psychotherapy.com) told ‘ When a new baby comes along, it can be difficult for the youngest child, who often garners the most attention as the “baby” of the family. During this time, you may see a child struggle with the new family dynamic.
‘Frustration at not being the focus of attention can present itself in many ways, such as withdrawing or acting out, often as a way to get others around them to pay them more attention.’
Whatever’s going on in that little head, we hope Charlotte’s giving us that megawatt smile again before long!
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