Prince Louis was born five years ago today as the youngest child of Kate Middleton and Prince William. The Prince became fifth in line to the throne when he was born, and now he is fourth in line behind his older two siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
A body language expert spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk to explain the relationship that Louis has with his older two siblings.
Judi James claimed: “Louis might be the baby of the family but when it comes to body language signals of confidence, fearlessness and spontaneous playfulness he’s currently lapping his two older siblings.
“The bonds between George, Charlotte and Louis are clearly strong and the glimpses we’ve had of their behaviours with each other suggest a developing pattern of child/parent mirroring from both George and Charlotte, with Louis benefiting from the best of both worlds.
“While George is clearly a mini-me version of his dad, Charlotte seems closely paired to her mother in terms of behaviour. This means Louis has two pairs of parental responses and influences in his life.”
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The body language expert argued that Charlotte takes on maternal responsibilities to assist her mother when it comes to parenting Louis.
Judi opined: “At the Platinum Pageant it was Kate taking prime responsibility for keeping her son entertained and well behaved but Charlotte was also seen pushing his fingers away from his mouth at one point and feeding back to her mother what had just happened.
“As Kate and Charlotte nodded in agreement and looked back at the parade, Louis hilariously mimed stuffing his fingers back into his mouth but without actually doing so, which hinted Charlotte is quite a strong influence on his behaviour.”
Prince George, on the other hand, is extremely similar to his father William according to the body language expert.
Judi suggested: “George seems to have adopted his father’s trait of rewarding Louis for his good behaviour.
“Like William, he is now seen placing a steering and affectionate hand on his small brother’s back when they are at royal events.
“When Louis ran to give his sister a small bouquet during the 2022 Christmas walk to church, it was George beaming proudly and fondly at Louis in an echo of the kind of reward and encouragement rituals William uses.
“The age gap between the siblings isn’t big, but it is big enough to create a slightly grown-up and caring approach to Louis that in turn probably allows him to feel secure and confident.”
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Judi explained why Prince Louis was a new and different addition to the Royal Family, as opposed to the generation above him.
She noted: “The three-sibling dynamic is unusual in the Royal Family. The late Queen’s children all had two children of their own and even Charles and Anne were brought up as a duo.
“With Andrew being born 10 years after Anne and Edward four years later, this meant Charles and Anne were quite adult while their younger siblings were still children.”
According to the expert, Prince Louis looks very much like the Princess of Wales, unlike his siblings.
Judi clarified: “While George has inherited the features of the Spencers and the Windsors and Charlotte looks so much like the late Queen when she was a young girl, Louis looks very much like a Middleton.
“His presence in the family might prove with time to be beneficial to George. Charles might have been fond of his sister Anne but he was eclipsed by her stoic confidence and the pair were said to have been competitive.
“William and Harry’s competitiveness might well have contributed to their rift, but with a third sibling that is close in age the intensity of the relationship of a future monarch and their closest sibling or ‘spare’ might happily be diluted.
“The Prince of Wales has provided a role model for his son George and George seems set to pass those skills onto his young brother Louis with Charlotte very much on hand to nudge both brothers in the right direction.”