Kate Middleton parenting: How she gave children ‘privilege’ other royals are denied

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Kate Middleton and Prince William met at University, both in their first years at St Andrews. They began dating in their second year and have been together pretty much ever since, marrying in 2011.

Now the couple have three adorable children, who their raise between two homes.

Most of the time the children live in Kensington Palace, in the Cambridge’s spacial apartment.

However, they also spend time at the family’s summer home, Anmer Hall. This country property was given to their pair by the Queen after their wedding.

The family have spent lockdown here, but recently returned to Kensington for the children to start back at school.

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Royal parenting often blends the past and present, with the family itself being steeped in history.

Of course, the family with all its wealth enjoys parenting luxuries.

This includes hiring a nanny, with Kate and William working with Norland Nanny Maria Borello.

However, an expert has claimed the couple have been able to help their children enjoy an element of “normal” parenthood royal child don’t normally experience.

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter revealed the couple have been able to do this because of lockdown.

While most have bemoaned the government-imposed response to lockdown, it has offered Kate and William and their children an opportunity.

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The royal expert said due to lockdown George, Charlotte and Louis have enjoyed the “privilege generations of royal youngsters have unavoidably been denied — prolonged time at home with just Mum and Dad”.

She also told Australian site 9Honey the couple have been relying on Kate’s parents to help instil the children with a less typically “royal” childhood.

She said: “Given William’s admiration for their solid middle-class values and hands-on style, it’s hardly surprising Carole and Mike play such a significant role in their grandchildren’s upbringing.”

An expert recently analysed Kate Middleton’s parenting style, especially when compared to Meghan Markle’s. 

Parenting expert Sue Atkins said claimed the Duchess of Cambridge is a “Lighthouse mum”.

She said: “She seems to have a warm bond with her children.”

She is known to “get on eye level and this behaviour shows that their children are their primary focus.”

Kate Middleton’s tactic of getting on eye level and chatting with the children has been noted by other experts.

A source has let slip to The Sun how Kate and William deal with things when George and Charlotte misbehave.

They said: “There’s no ‘naughty step’ but there is a ‘chat sofa’.

“The naughty child is taken away from the scene of the row or disruption and talked to calmly by either Kate or William.

“Things are explained and consequences outlined and they never shout at them.”

On the other hand, Meghan is as “Lawnmower mum”. This means she will be hands-on and proactive in removing obstacles for her son Archie.

Sue explained to The Sun: “I think she will be proactive in passing on her values & beliefs to her son Archie with an Authoritative Style of parenting modelling healthy living, exercise & the importance of talking about problems & feelings to maintain healthy mental health & wellbeing.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 71, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 37, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 35. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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