Prince William's 'admiration' of Carole Middleton as he 'confides in her' as mother figure

Prince William and Carole Middleton are said to have a close relationship built on his 'admiration' for her

Prince William and Carole Middleton
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Prince William looks up to his mother-in-law, Carole Middleton, with great admiration and even confides in her as a mother figure, according to a royal expert.

With Prince William and Kate Middleton having relocated from Kensington Palace in London to Adelaide Cottage in Berkshire with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Wales family are now living closer than ever to Catherine's parents. 

A royal expert has given a sweet insight into Prince William's special bond with Kate Middleton's parents, especially Carole, with whom the future King is said to confide in. 

Keeping Up With The Windsors podcaster Rachael Andrews spoke to OK! about Prince William's relationship with the Middletons, claiming that he leans on Carole as a mother figure in the absence of Princess Diana, who died in 1997.

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton

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William is also said to look up to Carole when it comes to parenting, being inspired by the way she raised his wife Catherine and her siblings, Pippa and James. 

"We’ve seen over the past few years that he gets on really well with them," Rachael said of the Middletons, who reside in Bucklebury Manor in Berkshire. 

"He admires the way that Carole and Michael brought up Catherine, Pippa and James and that seems to be reflected in the way William is a down-to-earth father now," she added. 

Prince William and Carole Middleton

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The royal pro also commented on how Prince William relies on Carole as a mother figure, having lost Princess Diana in a Paris car crash when he was just 15-years-old, as well as being able to have Carole and Michael as people to turn to away from The Firm. 

"He, of course, lost Diana when he was very young and probably looks up to Carole because he’s lacked a mother figure for so much of his life," Rachael continued. 

"With Carole and Michael he’s got people to confide in who are removed from the monarchy."

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.