Prince William keen to bring royal children up as ‘normal’ after own ‘horrendous’ childhood, says royal expert

Prince William keen to bring royal children up as ‘normal’ after own ‘horrendous’ childhood, says royal expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hopeful to keep their children grounded by going to supermarkets and organising playdates, according to a source.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said, “William’s greatest wish has always been to build a ‘normal’ happy family, and in Kate he found the perfect partner.

“Her character and personality were defined by her own upbringing – the strength of her mother, the support and steadiness of her father and her relationship with her brother and sister. "


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“And so William fell in love with Kate and with her family.”

“He was deeply attracted to the Middletons, that strong, loving, supportive unit, and he saw what his own family could become.

“He was never without love but his childhood was pretty horrendous at times, with his parents’ divorce and then his mother’s death. But that made him all the more determined that his own family life would be perfect.

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“William wanted that Middleton model, not the family dynamic of the Warring Waleses.”

Now parents to three beautiful children – George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, three next month – William and Kate have forged that tight and loving family unit. But Kate has also put youngsters’ issues at the heart of her royal life, working on children’s development and mental wellbeing, and taking on patronages of groups that are focused on these areas.

She and William are fiercely protective of their children’s privacy, but they’re also determined that they get a sense of real life as well as their privileged royal existence. When not in lockdown, they do the school run, attend sports days, take the kids to Sainsbury’s and host playdates for their friends.

In June, they took George and Charlotte to deliver food to lockdown pensioners and the family led the nation in clapping for carers from their front doorstep. And by speaking openly about their fears and challenges, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis, the Cambridges have proved the most inspiring and relatable royal parents to date.

Duncan says, “Of course they are a privileged and wealthy young couple, celebrities with every advantage in life.

“But they are also the focus of global attention and to bring up three well-balanced children under that spotlight is an admirable achievement. You only have to look at parenting blogs and websites to see how genuinely respected Kate and William are as parents.”

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Last year, in an interview with podcaster Giovanna Fletcher, Kate spoke candidly about the pressures of motherhood and admitted suffering from “mum guilt”.

“I think anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying,” she said. “Even this morning, George and Charlotte were like, ‘Mummy, how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’

“It’s a constant challenge – you hear it time and time again from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.”

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