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Kate Middleton ‘took ownership of Cambridge’s childhood image’, claims royal expert

The Duchess of Cambridge has “taken ownership of the public image of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis,” a royal expert claimed.

Kate Middleton, 39, is an avid amateur photographer and is known for releasing candid photos of her children for special events, including their birthdays every year.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey said the model is “unique” to the Duke, 39, and helps Duchess of Cambridge and the family maintain a level of privacy for Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.

Speak with The TelegraphShe said: ‘The paparazzi – there is no market anymore because the Duchess is coming out with her own family photos and they are much more valuable to the press than long-lens photos.

“That’s how The Cambridges are going to take stock, they’re going to give to get some privacy back.”

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has 'taken ownership of Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis', three, image' by releasing photos of her children for special occasions such as birthdays, Camilla Tominey has claimed

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has ‘taken ownership of Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis’, three, image’ by releasing photos of her children for special occasions such as birthdays, Camilla Tominey has claimed

While the Duchess released a glowing photo of her eldest son George on his eighth birthday, Camilla said: “George’s childhood will be very different from that of the royal family who have gone before him.

“His generation is the digital generation and the challenges for the Cambridges over time are how to manage the public interest in their son with their own privacy.”

She said she thought Prince George’s recent appearance at Wembley was because the little royal is ‘truly’ a football fan, but added: ‘The Cambridges also want the public to see their children and have some access to them.

“You have the balance between the private and public of their lives and there is an anticipation of watching George grow up because he will one day be king.”

The royal expert said the model is 'unique' to the Duke, 39, and Duchess of Cambridge and helps the family maintain a level of privacy for their children (pictured, a portrait taken by Kate for Father's Day last year) )

The royal expert said the model is 'unique' to the Duke, 39, and Duchess of Cambridge and helps the family maintain a level of privacy for their children (pictured, a portrait taken by Kate for Father's Day last year) )

The royal expert said the model is ‘unique’ to the Duke, 39, and Duchess of Cambridge and helps the family maintain a level of privacy for their children (pictured, a portrait taken by Kate for Father’s Day last year) )

She added that parenting has become ‘more hands-on’ through the royal generations, revealing: ‘We’ve been told that the Cambridges schedule their diary around having someone be there in the morning and at bedtime.

“We know that the Duchess herself runs the school and drives the children in – that they are there for the most important events of the school year.

“First and foremost, they want to be parents. They both feel like they know their fate… but before then they want to try to preserve as much family life as possible.”

Prince George is a child of the new digital generation – unlike when Prince William and Harry got into trouble.

Kate Middleton is an avid amateur photographer and is known for releasing candid snaps of her children

Kate Middleton is an avid amateur photographer and is known for releasing candid snaps of her children

Kate Middleton is an avid amateur photographer and is known for releasing candid snaps of her children

“I think Prince George will have to be very careful to protect his own privacy when he becomes a teenager and his parents will be well aware that he is vulnerable.”

However, she added that Kate had “taken ownership” of her children’s image in the press by releasing photos of them every year, adding: “The interesting thing about the Cambridge model, and it’s a somewhat unique to the royal family is that the duchess in particular has almost taken over the image of the children.

“We had a situation when the kids were first born when the couple was concerned about dad shots… Kate is now saturating the market with her own images of the kids.

“And I think we’ll see that continue.”

The chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces previously said the royal family “sees photography as their own superpower” (photo, Princess Charlotte taken by the Duchess of Cambridge this weekend in Norfolk in May)

The chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces previously said the royal family “sees photography as their own superpower.”

Historian Lucy Worsley recounted: The times that getting caught was “vital to the survival” of The Firm.

She said that if photos from royal tours aren’t great, the tour is often considered a failure, revealing: “Every image has a message and no one understands this better than the royal family.”

Lucy explained that the royal family was among the early adopters of ‘the miracle of science’, namely photography.

She explained: “They quickly realized that photography was not a problem, but an opportunity.”

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