Kate and Prince William are backing Princess Charlotte’s love for spiders and organise family activities to feed her curiosity, according to an expert. Royal author Katie Nicholl told OK! magazine: “Charlotte is a massive fan of spiders and loves looking at them and learning about them, so they go on spider hunts so that she can see them up close and then let them go.”
Princess Charlotte herself revealed her love for spiders in an adorable video released by Kensington Palace in October last year.
In the clip, Prince George, Charlotte and Prince Louis asked each one question to Sir David Attenborough.
The five-year-old girl, dressed in her school uniform, asked the naturalist whether he shared her passion for the insects.
She said: “Hello David Attenborough! I live spiders, do you like spiders too?”
The naturalist gave an enthusiastic reply, saying: “I love spiders, I’m so glad you like them!
“I think they are wonderful things. Why is it that people are so frightened of them?
“I think it’s because they’ve actually got eight legs, which are much more than us, and if you’ve got eight legs you can move in any direction.
“So you’ll never be quite sure which way that spider’s going to go.”
The naturalist added spiders “are so clever” and Princess Charlotte should watch how they manage to create their circular spider webs, adding “it’s marvellous”.
Charlotte’s passion perfectly fits in with Kate and William’s belief spending time outdoor is crucial for the development and wellbeing of children.
In 2019, Kate took part in a special episode of CBBC Blue Peter, during which she rolled up her sleeves and helped local schoolchildren looking for tadpoles and newts in a pond.
The Duchess also showed her competitive side by taking part in a den-building contest.
During the show, Kate explained how she boosts her children’s mental wellbeing.
She said: “Rain or shine, they’re dragged outside. It’s great.
“It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – 10 or 15 minutes – makes a huge difference to physical wellbeing but also to our mental wellbeing.”
Kate and Prince William are trying to strike a balance between screen time and hours spent in the fresh air now that they have returned to homeschooling Prince George and Princess Charlotte, according to Ms Nicholl.
The expert suggested Kate has introduced with her children teachings she has learned through her patronages and work on the early years programme she officially launched last year.
Ms Nicholl said: “Kate has been interested in how outdoor learning can benefit children.
“She got to meet children who had lessons outside and ask how they enjoyed it.
“She saw the benefit first-hand.
“Kate is aware of screen time and tries to limit the children being exposed to too much.
“When the children have a break, she takes them outside, come rain or shine.
“She wants them to get fresh air and be in nature.
“She loves to pick vegetables with them in the gardens.
“If they are learning about rivers or the sea, she and William try to incorporate that into their walks.”
— to www.express.co.uk