They have been open about their desire in the past to give their children as normal of lives as possible, but Kate Middleton and Prince William reportedly didn’t embark on that quest until they had permission to do so from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

In a resurfaced report from 2016 (via Express UK), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ decision in 2015 to retreat from the spotlight following the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte by camping put at their country home, Amner Hall, was something that had actually been approved by the two senior-most members of the royal family.

“It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life, and in the country, he can escape,” a source told royal correspondent Katie Nicholl at the time. “The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”

Prince William was reportedly insistent upon the idea of his children having as normal of a life as possible so that they wouldn’t have to endure some of the same experiences he did as a young child who had a high profile simply because of his birth.

“William doesn’t want George and Charlotte going through some of the experiences he went through growing up,” another source said at the time. “Everything he does regarding his family is very deliberate.”

Country life at Amner Hall, which is in a no-fly zone, is only one of the ways the royal couple raises their now three children (Prince Louis was born in 2018), as normally as possible. In particular, they are focused on letting George, who like his father, is in direct line for the throne, have an existence free of worry for now, by not telling him yet about the role he will one day have.

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks on March 17, 2019 in Hounslow, England. Getty Images/Gareth Fuller