The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are often referred to as the ‘modern’ royals – speaking up about their feelings in a way their predecessors never have, and embracing modern aspects of life.
Arguably, the trend began with Princess Diana, who ripped up the rule book when it came to traditional royal etiquette. She was regularly seen embracing the everyday citizen, and was commonly known as the ‘people’s princess’ because of her openness and warmth.
And it seems the Duke and Duchess are keen to carry over this modern forward-thinking into their parenting too.
The couple have both spoken before about how they want their royal children to have as normal a life as possible. In a recent interview with GQ, William said, “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”
Inspired by her own middle-class upbringing, Catherine has also previously insisted that the children live life as privately as they can.
This can most easily be seen in the fact that the family have lived in relative obscurity at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, since George was a baby, and that she’ll often take them out for regular everyday outings to places like the farm, or even local shops like Spar and the butchers.
And new information has now been reportedly been released on the Duchess’ parenting methods, revealing how Catherine is keen to keep her children as far away from royal rules as possible.
A royal insider told RadarOnline that the Duchess is “keeping stuffy royal protocol far from their apartment at Kensington Palace, telling palace aides her kids will be raised her way”.
Another source also commented that, so far, “Kate has kept her babies out of the public eye as much as possible”.
Adorably, the source also mentioned that three-year-old George and two-year-old Charlotte have no idea how well-known they are, despite the fact that they’ve regularly appeared at huge royal events such as Trooping the Colour and Buckingham Palace services.
The source said the kids act as any normal toddlers would saying, “They have absolutely no idea that they’re royals. They might look like perfect tots in photos, but at home they play in the mud, fall off their ponies and have screaming tantrums!”
But the RadarOnline source continued to admit however that the Duchess’ forward-thinking and enlightened parenting methods would horrify the Queen, who is perhaps one of the most traditional royals around.
They said, “It would absolutely horrify Elizabeth. But Kate insists the kids should be allowed to be normal children. Never in royal history have the children in direct line to the throne been raised in such a modern way.”