Prince William has been nominated for the Celebrity Dad of the Year award.
According to Hello Magazine, he is up against other notable fathers like TV personalities Simon Thomas, Declan Donnelly, Joe Wicks, and Jeff Brazier, YouTuber Jonathan Saccone-Joly, actor Danny Dyer, comedian Chris Ramsey, dancer Ashley Banjo, and Olympian Tom Daley. The polls are open to the public and are open until May 28, 2019 — so there's still time to throw your opinion out there.
William is a parent of three alongside Kate Middleton, whom he's been married to since 2011. Their children, five-year-old Prince George of Cambridge, four-year-old Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and one-year-old Prince Louis of Cambridge are heirs three, four, and five to the throne respectively. Even more recently, William became an uncle to Archie — son of Prince Harry and Megan Marke, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who has yet to receive a royal title since his birth on May 6, 2009.
With all that in mind, Prince Harry was nominated for Celebrity Dad of the Year last year but lost out to YouTuber Mark Hoyle, also known as LadBaby. Perhaps this is a shot at redemption for the royal, but we doubt this is a topic the future king thinks of often.
Prince William and Kate Middleton actually got people talking about a parenting technique they've adopted that's out of the ordinary for royal blood. The approach is called "active listening" and it involves the parent physically bending down to the child's level when they talk and giving them the ability to make some decisions. This way, the young one feels like he or she is being listened to and they have some control in their lives. It's an approach that Queen Elizabeth didn't approve of at first, as it isn't every day you see a royal go down on a knee to talk to a child, but celebrities and other political figures like Barack Obama were photographed crouching down to speak to the young princes and princesses when they spoke too. It's so popular, in fact, that actress Anne Hathaway admitted to being inspired to implement it in her own day-to-day life as a parent.
As far as the nomination goes, however, we here at BabyGaga want to congratulate Prince Harry. Being a father in the limelight isn't easy, but he's proven to handle it fantastically. Hopefully this year, he can actually claim his prize, but we think his wife and children don't need an award to validate what they already believe.