Kate and William 'are following the Middleton parenting model'

Prince William and Princess of Wales have adopted the ‘Middleton parenting model’ and want George, Charlotte and Louis to see them as their ‘best friends’, expert claims

  • Royal couple took their three children to Sandringham church service on Sunday
  • Expert says Kate’s parents influence is clear in the couple’s parenting
  • Katie Nicholl says they don’t want George to be burdened with ‘sense of duty’
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Prince William and the Princess of Wales have adopted the ‘Middleton parenting model’ and want their children to see them as their ‘best friends’, an expert has claimed.

The royal couple, both 40, brought all three of their children – Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four – with them to the Christmas service on the Sandringham estate over the weekend. 

Speaking to Ok!, royal expert Duncan Larcombe said it’s evident that the Prince and Princess of Wales have taken inspiration from Kate’s parents Carole, 67, and Michael, 73, in how they are raising their children.

As a future heir to the throne, the expert acknowledged that Prince George’s upbringing has its ‘similarities’ to Prince William’s – but that the Wales family are a closer unit just like the Middletons.

The Prince and Princess of Wales pictured leaving St Mary Magdalene church on the Sandringham estate on Christmas Day with George, nine, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four

The expert said: ‘William has based his children’s upbringing on the Middleton model – three children, affluent, but hard-working parents and lots of love in the house.

‘By the time Kate was in her early twenties, she counted her mother and father on the list of her best friends. That’s what William and Kate are aspiring to with their children.’ 

The Princess of Wales spent most of her childhood in Bucklebury, Berkshire and has two younger siblings Pippa, 39, and James, 35.

Appearing on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast in 2020, the mother-of-three opened up about her ‘very happy’ childhood and praised her parents’ ‘huge dedication’ to her and her siblings.  

Carole and Michael Middleton pictured attending their daughter’s Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey. Kate has previously praised their ‘huge dedication’ as parents

Carole Middleton pictured holding the Princess of Wales as a baby in 1982

But unlike the Princess of Wales’ childhood, the expert highlighted that the Wales family have the pressure of being in the spotlight.

As such, Robert says the Prince and Princess of Wales are easing their children into royal life by ‘drip-feeding’ them to the public – most recently on Christmas Day and at the Princess’ carol service at Westminster Abbey.

What’s more, royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed the couple have told their eldest son that he will one day become King – but have been conscious not burden him just yet with a ‘sense of duty’. 

The expert claimed George, Charlotte and Louis are having the ‘most ordinary upbringing any generation of royal children’ following the family’s move to Windsor earlier this year.

The Princess of Wales pictured at the age of five in 1987. The mother-of-three has previously said she had a ‘very happy childhood’

The Princess of Wales’ younger siblings James, 35, and Pippa, 39, pictured attending Prince George’s christening at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace in 2013

Having previously been based at Kensington Palace, the Prince and Princess of Wales moved with their children to Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor estate over the summer. 

She added: ‘They made a very bold decision to move to Windsor so that they could have a quieter, more below-the-radar life, which they couldn’t enjoy in central London, being rather overlooked at Kensington Palace.’ 

While Prince William and Prince Harry attended Eton, the royal couple have enrolled all three of their children at Lambrook school – which costs £21,000-a-term.

The exclusive school – which is set within 52 acres of private land and only a 10 minute drive from the family’s new home – has lambs on site as well as bee hives to encourage students to learn more about the surrounding natural landscape. 

Prince and Princess of Wales pictured taking their children to Lambrook school in September

Lambrook is situated within 52 private acres of land in Berkshire. Pictured: a newly developed wing of the school

Lambrook boasts of ‘first-class teaching and superb facilities’ which include a 25-metre swimming pool

On top of this, George, Charlotte and Louis will be able to enjoy activities such as bee-keeping and scuba diving during their time at the Christian prep school, which has also been to known to host Harry Potter evenings.

Lambrook has a Diamond Jubilee performing arts studio, dance studio and sports hall, and a new £6 million Queen’s Building for ICT and academic learning.

The prospectus quoted one parent as saying: ‘It’s the most magical place for our children to spend time, and they can often be seen rosy-cheeked and perfecting handstands, throwing balls or racing to the tree stumps.’

There is school on Saturday mornings followed by an afternoon of sports fixtures for pupils in Year 5 and above which includes nine-year-old George.

Fees cost £4,389 a term for Reception to Year 2 pupils such as Louis, £6,448 per term for Years 3-4 like Charlotte, and £6,999 per term for George through Years 5-8, with an additional £1,481 per term for boarding for Y3-8.

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