Kate Middleton Criticized for Making Another 'Reckless' Parenting Decision

Prince GeorgeGah. Sometimes as parents, we just can't win no matter what we do. And I'm sure that's exactly how Kate Middleton and Prince William are feeling right about now as they embark on the first part of their Royal Tour in New Zealand.

Get this one -- they're being called irresponsible because Prince George's car seat in the royal limo is forward-facing. Supposedly the Duke and Duchess told the technician who installed it in the car to put it in that way.

And I know what you're thinking -- aren't babies supposed to be in rear-facing seats until they're at least over a year old?

Well, it's suggested, but it's not a legal requirement in New Zealand.

And here's where the problem comes in. Plunket, the group who installed the seat Prince George will be using Down Under, is apparently pretty passionate about babies remaining in rear-facing seats until the age of 2. So now they're getting all sorts of protests from New Zealanders for going against the guidelines they recommend simply to appease Kate and Wills' wishes.

But honestly, should we really be all that surprised that people are questioning whether or not Kate and Prince William are making a proper parenting decision? From outrage over their vacation in the Maldives without the baby to the fact that they also received harsh criticism over Prince George not being strapped into his car seat correctly leaving the hospital post-birth -- Kate and Wills apparently can't do anything right in the eyes of perfect mom and dads.

Ugh. I just can't believe that people actually think they would do anything to put their son in harm's way! And another thing -- odds are good that they'll have all sorts of security detail around the royal limo anyway, so it's not like they'll be cruising around with a chauffeur who zig-zags in and out of traffic like a New York City cab driver.

Sheesh. Why can't people just quit worrying about how Will and Kate parent their kid and focus on their own instead?!?

(I shudder to think about the outcry there's going to be if that baby is photographed with a bottle sometime in the next couple of weeks.)

Do you think Kate and Prince William are being irresponsible?


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Lloyd Schaefer

No back when I was his age I sat on my moms lap.No seat belts and i never herd of children dying in car crashes alone.

nonmember avatar Lisa

Maybe its for security reasons.

Diane Shatzer

No they are fine parents and will take good care of the little prince people need to find something to do other than meddle in other peoples lives 


nonmember avatar Jane

My children faced forward at that age, it depended on the weight, and people have nothing better to do with their spare time then criticize. I think William and Kate are doing a great job!

Frances Williams

I think both parents will have very tight security to juggle.. over and above anything we could understand. There will be sound reason for any decision they make that will have been discussed and agreed with their security teams.

Prince George will possibly be the safest child on the planet as well as having such amazing parents..

Take good care of them in NewZealand and Australia

Carole Berger

For Gods sake leave them alone,but look at your selves first !!!

Mary Gibbs

no, there not bad parents. they have the right to put it that way.It is not a Law there.So leave them alone.They are not going to let anything happen to him.

Victoria Herron Thomson

No, I believe they were thinking of the peopel who wanted to see George,can't see him when he is facing backwards. They were being considerate of the public.

nonmember avatar Deidre Farley

I think the duchess has got to realize she will be queen one day and start to attempt to emulate Her Majesty. Two vacations in a couple of months to warm locations - one with the child and her parents...and one without the boy. The Queen has not broken her work for any sunning, skiing, etc. vacations other than those generally taken for holidays. I am sorry to say but I think once Her Majesty leaves us, Prince Charles will be king for a few years and the monarchy should quietly fade away. I never thought I would say this but it will become more and more evident that there is no one who will compare to this reign. I love Prince Charles and wonderful Camilla and wish them all the happiness in their lives.

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