A royal specialist claims that Prince William looks up to Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, “admiring” the way they raised their children and drawing inspiration from their practical parenting approach.
- Prince William has reportedly taken inspiration from Carole and Michael Middleton’s ‘down-to-earth’ parenting style as he ‘looks up’ to the couple and ‘admires’ how they raised their children.
- The Prince also reportedly enjoys ‘pitching in’ with the family and is treated just like any other member of the Middleton clan.
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The parenting methods employed by Prince William and Kate Middleton are frequently commended. The Prince and Princess of Wales appear to have adopted a parenting style for their three young children, Prince George(opens in new tab), Princess Charlotte(opens in new tab), and Prince Louis(opens in new tab), ranging from their “realistic” coronation parenting that prevented Prince Louis from having a televised mini-meltdown to what has been dubbed Prince William’s “Rubik’s Cube” approach to parenting(opens in new tab).
But the two have some excellent role models. While it has been said that William is ‘trying not to repeat his father’s mistakes’ when it comes to parenting(opens in new tab), there is another couple close to home who he ‘looks up to’ and ‘admires’ for their ‘down-to-earth’ parenting style – his in-laws, Carole and Michael Middleton.
The Prince of Wales has a very close relationship with the pair and finds comfort in having them there to “confide” in, according to royal analyst Rachael Andrew, who spoke with OK! Magazine. The Prince of Wales also takes parenting cues from Kate’s parents.
William ‘admires’ the couple, according to Andrews, for the way they raised their three children, Kate, Pippa, and James(opens in new tab), who recently shared his battles with his mental health.
We’ve observed over the previous few years that he gets along incredibly well with them, Andrews told OK! Magazine. William appears to be a grounded father now because of his admiration for Carole and Michael’s upbringing of Catherine, Pippa, and James.
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He obviously lost Diana when he was very young, and as a result, he probably looks up to Carole because he lived so long without a mother figure. He has people outside of the monarchy to confide in Carole and Michael.
After the Wales family relocates to Windsor in August 2022(opens in new tab), Carole and Michael’s existing home in Bucklebury is now within easy driving distance of William and Kate. Carole apparently played an “indispensable” part in raising the couple’s three children(opens in new tab) before they moved, so it stands to reason that her involvement has increased now that they literally live next door to one another.
Richard Palmer, a royal correspondent for the BBC, said on the Royal Round-Up podcast: “I think also Carole Middleton steps in I think when we were in the Caribbean with them, Carole was looking after the children, I’m sure with the help of the nanny, but she was in charge for a time as far as I understand it.”
Although William is first in line for the throne(opens in new tab), he is treated exactly like any other member of the Middletons’ family when he is with them. He is apparently expected to “pitch in” around the house, and Carole reportedly gets him to help her clean up after family dinners. He and his father-in-law were even caught washing a car together.
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But the royal family does not frequently concern itself with the in-laws. “Generations of royal in-laws have complained about being airbrushed out of the picture once the union is announced,” writes author Gyles Brandreth in his book, “Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait,” “but William, who now called Michael Middleton “Dad,” made it clear that his in-laws were not going to suffer the same fate.”
According to Katie Nicholl, creator of the Channel 5 documentary When The Middletons Met The Monarchy, William reportedly wanted Kate’s parents to be active in their life after their April 2011 wedding(opens in new tab). William sat down with them and explained how things would change, the woman said. He made certain to be present for them. William’s phone number was stored in their phones.