Kate Middleton’s parenting techniques are inspired by her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Even though the two royals never had the chance to meet each other, the Princess of Wales passed on her baton to the Duchess of Cambridge.

While speaking with The Sun, a source said that it has always been Middleton and Prince William’s goal to allow their three children to live in the real world and not in a gilded bubble. The royal couple also wants Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to grow up having the same experiences that non-royal kids have.

The source also said that Middleton is obviously taking after Princess Diana because she is aware of how much the Princess of Wales loved her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

“Kate is mindful of how much William loved his mother. She was very unstuffy and wanted William and Harry to fit in with their school friends and experience normality. That's the baton she handed to Kate,” the source said.

When Princess Diana was still alive, she would drive her boys to McDonald’s so that they could buy the latest Happy Meal toys. She also took them to amusement parks and allowed them to eat junk food every now and then.

Just last month, it was reported that Middleton accompanied her two older children to a neighborhood store where they bought their Halloween costumes. The future Queen checked out their purchases at the self-checkout counter. The gesture showed that just like Princess Diana, Middleton wants her children to be as normal as possible.

Both Princess Diana and Middleton also love to spend time outdoors. As such, the late royal regularly joined her sons on excursions. And she even participated in a sack race at her sons’ school.

The Duchess of Cambridge also allows their three children to play outdoors. “At Anmer Hall in Norfolk they go for long walks in woods and have frequent trips to the beach,” the source said.

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton
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