Lourdes Leon thinks her father is overprotective.

The 16-year-old fashion designer - the eldest daughter of Madonna - allegedly thinks her father Carlos Leon is too strict and needs to relax his rules around her 'Homeland' star boyfriend Timothee Chalmet.

A source close to the teenager told gossip website RadarOnline.com: ''You would think Madonna was the stricter parent, but she's actually loosened the reigns because she trusts Lourdes so much.

''On the other hand, Carlos is the watchful dad who's laid down some very stern ground rules for his precious daughter.

''Madonna was the villain because she was very firm when it came to school studies and manners early on, but that's changed as Lourdes has matured.

''Now she secretly gets a kick out of it when Lourdes complains to her about the curfew her dad's imposed and all the embarrassing questions he asks her and Timothee.

''For a change Madonna is not the mean parent!

''Carlos trust Lourdes and he likes Timothee, but he also knows how young boys can get carried away.

''He's old school and he thinks putting a little fear into the boy dating your daughter is a good thing. Madonna just thinks it's hilarious.''

Madonna - who also has two sons, Rocco, 12 and David, seven, as well as an eight-year-old daughter called Mercy - previously revealed she gives Lourdes a lot of freedom but can be a strict parent when she needs to.

The 54-year-old pop superstar - who launched the Material Girl clothing line with Lourdes - said: ''If she's a rebel I take her phone away ... But honestly I don't think I'm as tough as I should be. I think I need to be maybe tougher. It's hard though. Every day is a negotiation.''