We’ve all seen the pictures from Princess Charlotte’s christening and, while she should have been the star of the show, it’s her older brother causing a stir.
Not for having a tantrum, not even for being super-cute, but because he was dressed like a girl.
My opinion, obviously, and perhaps it’s sweet that he was dressed just like William was 30 years ago when he visited the new-born Prince Harry in hospital.
Perhaps it’s meant to be a fond nod to Diana, an attempt to include her in the formalities, or perhaps it’s just a bit weird…
Why would you want to dress your child in clothes almost identical to those you wore at the same age? Little red shorts, a red and white embroidered shirt complete with Peter Pan collar, T-bar Mary Jane-style shoes and little white socks might be quite a cute – and modern – outfit for Princess Charlotte in a year or two, but on George? In 2015? Really?
This isn’t the first time Prince George has been seen in uber-traditional clothes either. Cardigans and tank tops are a popular choice, almost always paired with a shirt collar, big old socks yanked up to his knees – a fashion statement I suspect has not been seen on any other two-year-old boy in the country – and I don’t think he’s been seen in anything other than the red, white and blue of the British flag.
But is all of this really necessary? Just because he’s a royal, does that automatically mean he can’t run around in a pair of trainers and a dinosaur top? Must he have such a flop of hair parted so severely on one side he instantly looks posh?
Kate and William, take it from me, the world thinks Prince George is a beautifully behaved, wonderful little toddler. You don’t have to dress him in a way that stirs the nostalgia of a nation. He’d be all over the papers whatever he was wearing, with a population of royalists cooing over his every move.
Give yourself the freedom to dress your children in more modern attire. There are so many gorgeously designed children’s clothes out there, why recreate a retro outfit we’ve all seen before, rather than set a new trend?
Let Prince George lead the crowd, not follow one.
This article is the opinion of Claire Spreadbury and not necessarily that of BT.