Every Father’s Day post on Instagram comes the opportunity to celebrate the special bond between father and child — and an opportunity to hurt some feelings with who you do and don’t include. Currently, the public believes Prince William has snubbed Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Kate Middleton’s father Michael in his own Father’s Day tribute on Instagram. The post pictures only William himself, son Prince Louis and father Prince Charles. Fans of the Cambridge royals believe excluding these other key father-son relationships was an oversight.
The official Kensington Palace Instagram post includes two photos: one, of William with 13-month-old Louis on a swing; the second, William and father Charles walking away from a helicopter. The caption simply reads “Happy Father’s Day!” While some commenters appreciate the simplicity (and the adorable photo of baby Louis), others take issue with the decision to only picture William, Louis, and Charles. “Apparently Kate doesn’t have a dad and William only has one child,” one person writes: “KP made no effort at all in making this post. Where are pictures of him with his two other children?” another adds.
Other commenters point out another exclusion — the decision to post on Father’s Day, but not on Mother’s Day. “It’s strange that there was no post for Mother’s Day,” a commenter writes. “Maybe there’ll be one next year. Perhaps they were too busy with the brothers splitting their Instagram accounts.” And speaking of the brothers sharing this account, another commenter feels excluding Harry is an oversight too: “Harry’s also a father,” they write simply.
Clearly, any Father’s Day post from Kensington Palace would be subject to a high level of scrutiny. But it does seem odd to celebrate William specifically on Father’s Day — and only include one of his three children. Then again, whatever’s posted to Instagram should be less important than how the day was actually celebrated. So as long as William got in some quality time with the whole family, Kensington Palace can post whatever it wants.