It goes without saying that Princess Diana wished for her sons to have normal lives despite being royalty.
Years after her passing, her oldest son and daughter-in-law are still raising their own children according to the same ideology.
On the one hand, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, are being introduced by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the royal customs, such as sitting on the Queen’s balcony with her and going on royal tours.
On the other hand, they are making an effort to live a regular, private life for the sake of their kids by bringing them on regular outings to the grocery store and even snacking out of their car.
The Royal couple appears to have taken these small signals from Princess Diana, who routinely took her kids on vacations that included stops at McDonald’s or amusement parks.
Diana, who didn’t always adhere to royal protocol, appears to have had a significant influence on their parenting practices.
Consider Prince Charles and Princess Anne as an illustration. Their parents frequently hired nannies to take care of the kids while they attended to their public responsibilities.
When they were little, their royal mother only saw them at scheduled ‘meetings’ each day.
Even the 1960s-born Prince Andrew and Prince Edward lived in a ‘nanny-dominated society’ according to historian Ingrid Seward.
Of course, William and Kate have employed the assistance of their dependable nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo, but they have embraced the hands-on approach that Princess Diana was adamant about having with her sons.
She took William, who was almost a year old, on a tour, a first for a royal infant, according to PEOPLE.
When Prince George was only 9 months old, Prince William and Kate also followed Diana’s example by bringing him on a tour of New Zealand and Australia. At age 2, they even transported a Princess Charlotte to Canada.
As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, Prince George and Princess Charlotte recently traveled to Wales with their parents for the first time in official capacity.
It was a significant occasion for George, who will one day succeed his father as the monarch and become the Prince of Wales.
Prince Willian, according to Seward, is ‘very much the modern parent’ who engages in ‘active listening’ by crouching to talk to his kids at their eye level.
According to a friend, his wife ‘runs things at home with the kids and the schedules.’ They said, ‘She is deeply involved in every aspect of their day…Kate likes to maintain an everyday life.
William and Kate pick up their kids from school and are present parents who let them fight about what song to play while eating breakfast.
Additionally, they give kids chores.’ [Kate] aspires to be like her childhood, which consisted of a small-town upbringing and a close-knit family. She fervently desires that for her own children’ a shared source.
This may be a factor in the family’s decision to move from their Kensington Palace house in London to a new home in Berkshire, which is located about 30 miles to the west.
The primary driver for the move was the children’s education, but they would also have the opportunity to get to know Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her two brothers.
According to an insider, ‘They realize what’s coming [as they get closer to the throne] and want to give their kids as normal a start as possible.’