December 11, 2023

Princess Charlotte getting Prince William‘s help making Prince George trade seats with her has gone viral on TikTok.

George, 10, may be a future king but when Charlotte, 8, wanted to sit next to her father, it was the “spare” rather than the “heir” who got back-up from dad.

A clip of George looking less than impressed with the prospect of switching with his younger sister went viral on TikTok after it was liked 84,000 times and viewed 820,000 times.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Jubilee
Princess Charlotte is seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Platinum Jubilee pageant, where she traded places with Prince George, on June 5, 2022. A clip of the moment went viral on TikTok.
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The video, taken from the Platinum Jubilee pageant, on June 5, 2022, was posted with the message: “Charlotte asks to trade places with her brother.”

And one fan commented, “She will lead with the help of her king-brother” while another said: “Princess Charlotte be like: I want it. And I get it.”

A third wrote, “She asks and she shall receive,” while a fourth said: “She may not have a good chance to be queen but she will defo help her brother with decision making as right now George listens to Charlotte.”

Kate Middleton started out sitting on the far left and Prince William on the far right with the three children in the middle but later, in addition to Charlotte and George switching, Prince Louis also wound up on his mother’s lap.

The pageant, marking 70 years of Queen Elizabeth‘s reign, was one of many royal outings in which Prince Louis stole the show with his unfiltered behavior.

Former England rugby star Mike Tindall who was sitting behind the Wales children later told his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby how the children had dipped into some candy before heading out in public.

“Louis was just wanting to have fun and my two are always mischievous so it was trying to keep a lid on [them],” said Tindall, who is married to the queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall. “There were a lot of sweets out back so they probably had sugar highs.”

Charlotte is the first daughter of a future British king born after changes to the old-fashioned rules that bumped boys above girls in the line of succession.

That means she is unique as a female “spare” with a younger brother. Evidently, Charlotte has already been showing her leadership skills.

Jack Royston is chief royal correspondent for Newsweek, based in London. You can find him on X, formerly Twitter, at @jack_royston and read his stories on Newsweek‘s The Royals Facebook page.

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