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Princess Charlotte's claim that she is a real royal princess goes viral

Princess Charlotte was compared to other European princesses in a viral TikTok post that sparked debate among fans.

The daughter of Prince William and Princess Kate was held up as an example of how to act as a royal in a post by @charlottesroyal that has been viewed more than 5 million times and liked over 713,000 times. An online caption said the clip showed “other princesses not acting like royals” in the first half before moving on to some of Charlotte's biggest moments.

Princess Charlotte raises her palms in a composite image taken during her performance at the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022. A TikTok fan celebrated her true princess status.

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The sequence begins with Charlotte's curtsy during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022, before her performance at mother Kate's carol service “Together at Christmas” at Westminster Abbey in London on December 8, 2023.

The next clip shows Charlotte subtly nudge her older brother Prince George to pay attention during the Platinum Beauty Pageant to mark Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 5, 2022 in London.

Finally, Charlotte shows her younger brother Prince Louis when to stop waving by slapping his hand away during a carriage procession to Trooping the Colour, which was also part of the anniversary and took place in London on June 2 of the same year.

The video then shows other European royals who, according to the poster, behaved like princesses. It was posted with the message: “Royals (No hate towards anyone!)”.

Some of the responses in the first half defended the European royals. One post said: “Does any princess have to be serious and not be allowed to live a normal life?”

Another user wrote: “This is because they are the heirs or close to the line of succession, while the other princess may not be close to the crown and is unlikely to get the crown. Therefore, they are subject to fewer restrictions than those who are close to the crown.”

And a third comment read: “I think some people forget that royal teenagers and children are just teenagers and [children] and they want to have fun too.”

The pressure to be perfect is part of the allure of royalty, but it's also a factor that some royal princesses find notoriously difficult.

Princess Kate had to apologize after photoshopping a picture of herself and her children Charlotte, George and Louis during her absence from public life for health reasons in March.

Princess Diana and Meghan Markle both struggled with life in the public eye, and this didn't just affect the princesses.

Prince Harry sparked outrage after he was photographed at a party wearing a Nazi uniform. He later apologized.

The royals in the TikTok video are likely all reaping the tremendous benefits and financial security that comes with being a monarch, while at the same time all feeling the pressures of public life.

Jack Royston is chief correspondent for the royal family Newsweeklives 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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