Kate Middleton slammed by critics for letting Prince George play with a toy gun

As one of the most famous mothers in the world, every parenting choice that Kate Middleton makes ends up in the spotlight. One recent decision has the royal mom under fire: people are outraged she let her 4-year-old son play with a toy gun.

The Duchess of Cambridge and mother of three was sitting outdoors with her kids Charlotte and George on Sunday, while her her husband played in a celebrity polo match to benefit cancer research and the homeless. George was photographed playing with a toy handgun with another little boy, while sitting in his mother’s lap.

See photos of the Cambridge family at the polo match: 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge playing during the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge plays with a Slinky toy as he attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge during the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge run together during the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

(Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on as Prince George of Cambridge holds a toy gun the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

 Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

(Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince George of Cambridge attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.

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As you would expect, reactions to the photos were highly divisive. Many parents are against allowing children to play with any kind of toy gun, especially in the wake of tragic shootings.

However some people defended Kate and her son’s choice of toy:

It should also be noted that many royals have grown up around guns and some have even served in the military—like George’s father Prince William. Both George’s dad and his Uncle Harry are also avid hunters.

“The Royals have either served in the armed forces or are married to someone who has served,” explained Kelly Lynch, managing editor of Dailybreak and royal family expert, in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle. “They’ve learned to respect firearms as deadly weapons, and hopefully teach their children about gun safety from a young age.”

While people will always remain divided on the toy gun debate, we can all agree that Kate should be able to use her own judgement and make the parenting decisions that she sees fit for her kids. Hopefully, the next time she makes a public appearance people won’t so quick to judge and shame her online.

Related: Cutest pictures of the little royal

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What's Christmas Day without a candy cane?!

December 2016

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Look.at.that.smile.

Fall 2016

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Fall 2016

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Father and son bonding time!

Fall 2016

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An adorable handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today July 22nd, standing on a swing. 

July 2016

Prince George celebrates his birthday with a sweet treat -- and the family pet, Lupo! 

July 2016

The birthday boy sits on the swing bearing his mother and father's names. 

July 2016

He's growing up so fast!! George is adorable in stripes and khaki shorts.

July 2016

Prince George's first official engagement! That's a total face of "I've got this."

July 2016

Someone's excited!

July 2016

Favorite. The young royal had so much fun exploring the planes with mom and dad! 

July 2016

George waves to his adoring crowd.

July 2016

Just George and his dad.

July 2016

He wasn't too sure about the noise, though. "Uhhhh wait Mom, pick me up!" 

July 2016

The planes were a little too loud!

July 2016

And he got a sweet sticker, too!

July 2016

Phew. Long day!

July 2016

Charlotte makes her balcony debut at the Queen's 90th birthday Trooping the Colour, but George stole the show with his excitement over the planes!

June 2016

When the sun is blinding but you're still like "LOOK MOM!"

June 2016

We love this one -- he just looks so happy!

June 2016

Best. Moment. Ever.

June 2016

George can't believe how cool this day is. (And someday this parade will be for him!)

June 2016

Such a bright sun, but he has to see those planes!

June 2016

Kate chats with little George as he gets ready for bedtime (after a fun ride on his rocking horse, of course!)

April 2016

George shows the Obamas just how much he loves the gift they gave him -- looking mighty cute as he does.

April 2016

This might be one of the best photos um ... ever. Prince George meets President Obama in his adorable gingham jammies and a matching robe with his name on it? Does it get any cuter?!

April 2016

Kate holds little Charlotte while George snuggles in between his parents during a family vacation skiing in the French Alps.

March 2016

George looks like he's found a new favorite hobby!

March 2016

Prince George heads to his first day of school, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge. George is attending the Westacre Montessori nursery school near Sandringham in Norfolk.

January 2016

The little Prince seemed quite enthralled with the mural near his school!

January 2016

Kate and William with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken at Kensington Palace in London.

October 2015

Prince George, who celebrated his second birthday on July 22, 2015 hams it up for the camera in his dad's arms!

July 2015

George plays with his hair in this first photo released of the Cambridges as a family of four, on the day they celebrated little Princess Charlotte's christening. 

July 2015

George was adorably a bit fussy after his sister's christening -- he was looking for the rest of the family to make sure they were coming too!

July 2015

George stares that camera down.

July 2015

Spotted: Cameras, crowds ... "who are these people?"

July 2015

Still looking for his family! Kate and William soothe the little royal, promising they'll be along soon.

July 2015

"You okay, Char?" George checks on his little sister in her pram.

July 2015

Kate and George watched William play in a polo match, playing their own games on the sidelines!

June 2015

George makes a hilarious/adorable face at his dad after the match.

June 2015

Whoa there! Kate stops a tumble for her two-year-old while playing on the hill.

June 2015

Prince George plays with his cousin Isla Phillips.

June 2015

George makes his balcony debut! The little prince worked on his royal wave as he joined his family to celebrate Trooping the Colour.

June 2015

Music, a parade and a multi-plane flyover for your great-grandmother's birthday? Pretty cool day for George.

June 2015

Still a bit of confusion for this little one as he peers at the massive crowd below.

June 2015

So sassy! George watched his parents in the parade before heading out onto the balcony, making the funniest face when he saw them.

June 2015

He's learning fast! George waves goodbye to his adoring public.

June 2015

How could you not love him?!

June 2015

The first set of photos released of little Princess Charlotte were in her big brother's arms -- and taken by mom, Kate.

June 2015

George gives his baby sister a kiss. Too cute!

June 2015

On the day Princess Charlotte was born, William ran home to give the good news to George, then brought him to meet his new sister.

May 2015

William gives George a kiss before they head inside for the big moment!

May 2015

Christmas photographs of Prince George sitting on the Kensington Palace steps, released by his proud parents William and Kate. 

November 2014

Christmas photographs of Prince George sitting on the Kensington Palace steps, released by his proud parents William and Kate. 

November 2014

Christmas photographs of Prince George sitting on the Kensington Palace steps, released by his proud parents William and Kate. 

November 2014

Prince George was up on his feet watching William play polo on Father's Day. 

June 2014

Kate holds wiggly George at the polo match.

June 2014

"Okay bye mom!" 

June 2014

"Um Mom, who is this lady?" 

April 2014

The always fashionable George was decked out in red for the last day of the royal tour. 

April 2014

"Wait! I think I dropped my toy - no seriously, I can see it from here!" 

April 2014

This cutie touches down in Australia's capital. 

April 2014

William, Kate and George visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney and George got to meet a bilby! He was really excited about it. 

April 2014

Just a dad and his boy!

April 2014

Testing out his Princely roar.

April 2014

Just look at those chubby little cheeks!

April 2014

We couldn't help but laugh out loud at George's mean mug right here.

April 2014

Playing with his toy bilby.

April 2014

"Okay mom. It's really bright out here... AND I'm wearing ruffles. Can we talk about this?"

April 2014

"What's up, Australia?"

April 2014

Ah, the Princely handshake.

April 2014

We're obsessed with William and George's matching fly-away hair as they left New Zealand.

April 2014

Looks like it's nap o'clock!

April 2014

"Here, mom, let me help you."

April 2014

Too cute for words.

April 2014

This photo is Kate's favorite from their royal tour, where baby George had just woken up from his nap and was so happy to hug his mom.

April 2014

Little George during his New Zealand playdate!

April 2014

Baby George arrives in New Zealand.

April 2014

This photo might just be our favorite -- Georgie looks like he's trying to dive out of Kate's arms! Good thing she has a solid grip.

April 2014

Such a cutie!

April 2014

The palace released this official photo just a week before the family takes off for Australia and New Zealand. Oh how he's grown! Cutie George gazes at his pup, Lupo (in a dashing sweater with his name on it).

March 2014

Kate and William proudly presented George on his christening day.

October 2013

Quite the outfit, Georgie!

October 2013

William and George.

October 2013

William and George.

October 2013

Kate, in Alexander McQueen, and George in the royal christening dress.

October 2013

Kate and George.

October 2013

George's first official portrait! Lupo got to be in this one, too. 

August 2013

Kate debuts her son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

July 2013

Kate, William and George.

July 2013

Kate, William and George.

July 2013

Kate wore a simple, pretty, polka-dotted dress by Jenny Packham.

July 2013

William carries George to the car.

July 2013

Cutie heads home!

July 2013

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