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The Cambridges are seriously endearing themselves to us lately. After finding out Princess Charlotte goes by the nickname Lottie, and that Prince George’s favourite movie is How to Train Your Dragon, we’re feeling all warm and fuzzy towards them. And according to People, there’s yet another parenting reality that makes them utterly relatable – the challenges of styling children’s hair.

Prince William was overheard at an event bonding with a fellow dad over the challenges of styling long hair. Attending as a member of Dads 4 Life, an organization emphasizing the importance of fathers, the man shared his struggles with his daughter’s ponytail, revealing that he’d resorted to online tutorials to master the technique. And it seems like Wills fully sympathized, bemoaning its difficulty, replying “Never try to do a ponytail! Nightmare.” And we don’t blame him at all – a perfectly tidy updo is hard enough to do on your own hair, let alone an energetic three year-old’s.

And that’s to say nothing of every parent’s nemesis – the braid (or plait, as the Brits say). It seems like Duchess Kate was familiar with its challenges, asking the father, “Have you tried to do a plait? It’s the weaving… really hard.” That didn’t stop her giving one a good go though, showing some serious skill when she paid a visit to a Northern Irish school last month:

As for Wills, he went on to add that he had a somewhat limited skill set when it came to playing the young Princess’ hairstylist, making light of his own thinning locks, “I can do [Princess Charlotte’s] ponytail, but that’s about it, as I don’t have enough hair to practice on!” So we’re guessing Kate’s sleek ponytail on the day was not her husband’s handiwork:

 

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The endearing and relatable encounter took place during a visit to Blackpool, England, where the Duke and Duchess braved rain to visit a newly transformed family and community park. During their visit they also took time to meet with those involved in community regeneration and investment, housing issues, and the emergency services.

We’re glad to see a light-hearted exchange between the Royals and members of the public – it reminds us they’re just a regular family, after all. It’s almost as cute as finding out Prince George’s favourite movie…. almost.