Kate Middleton has been a part of the royal family for almost five years and in those years, she has juggled that demands of royal life and raising her two children with Prince William. The royal couple have been insistent in providing as much of a normal childhood as possible, which was something that the late Princess Diana also wanted for her children.
The Princess of Wales may have died almost nineteen years ago, but her legacy continues until today. Princess Diana’s influence can also be seen on how her son Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, have chosen to raise their children Princess Charlotte and Prince George. A family friend shared in an interview with People magazine that the late Princess Diana had taught her sons to “think for themselves and to lead a normal life.”
That advice was something that Prince William took to heart, with the royal parents opting to give children Prince George and Princess a normal childhood in Anmer Hall in Norfolk. The 10-bedroom estate is located near Park House, which was Princess Diana’s childhood home. The Duchess of Cambridge has also likely turned to her late mother-in-law’s legacy for inspiration.
The Princess of Wales had previously sent Prince William to study in Norfolk’s Westacre school during his preschool days. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also decided to send Prince George to the same school. The country upbringing for the royal children was also something that Princess Diana and Princess Kate share. A family friend even told People magazine that having the two children interact with local kids will potentially make Prince George and Princess Charlotte “well-rounded individuals.”
Rosa Monckton, a close friend of Princess Diana, also shared with People magazine that Prince William’s mother would have been “incredibly proud” of Princess Kate. "To be able to give their children a stable life in the country is worth so much," she stated, before adding that the two royal children would have to face the scrutiny of critics and royal watchers when they grow older.
Meanwhile, some of the normal parent activities that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have adapted included taking turns to pick up their eldest son from school. Princess Charlotte is also said to be super close with her mother and would follow her everywhere in Anmer Hall. The nearly one-year-old princess would also opt to stay close to her mom in the kitchen and watch her every move.