New photo of Princess Charlotte reflects Duchess of Cambridge’s parenting priorities

A new photograph of Princess Charlotte has been released tonight, after The Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.

The image shows Charlotte, who turns five in May, crouching down to smell a bluebell. Catherine mentioned this photo in her chat with Giovanna Fletcher for the podcast. Kate took the snap, it appears, at the same time as the official snaps from 2019 to mark Charlotte’s fourth birthday from Anmer Hall.

A new photo of Princess Charlotte, smelling a blue bell (Kensington Palace)

The Duchess, who is a keen photographer, said: “I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and […] it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent, and I try everyday to put moments like that in even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time.

“It’s spending quality time with your children, it’s not whether you’ve done every single drop off and every single pick up but actually it’s those quality moments that you spend with your child where you are properly listening to them, properly understanding what they feel and if things are going wrong really taking time to think ‘How as a mother am I feeling?

Princess Charlotte’s 4th birthday photos

Princess Charlotte’s 4th birthday photos

“If you really think about that, is it that I’m sitting down trying to do their maths and spelling homework over the weekend? Or is it the fact that we’ve gone out and lit a bonfire and sat around trying to cook sausages that hasn’t worked because it’s too wet?

“That’s what I would want them to remember. Not a stressful household where you’re trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing.”

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