The Middletons are Prince William’s ‘anchor’ and provide a ‘sense of normality’, royal expert claims

Prince William has always been close to Duchess Catherine's 'close-knit' family

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives at the RNLI lifeboat station on Mumbles Pier on February 4, 2020 in Swansea, Wales
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The Middleton family are an “anchor” for Prince William, who sees their family dynamic as the one he “wished he’d had growing up”, a royal expert has claimed. 

Prince William is believed to have a very close relationship with his wife Duchess Catherine's family, the Middletons. In April 2021, William and Catherine will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary and it's thought that the Queen could be planning to mark this wonderful occasion in some way. 

Not only does this significant date mark the beginning of their married life together, but a decade since Duchess Catherine officially joined the Royal Family. This huge event also transformed the lives of Michael and Carole Middleton who are now parents to the future Queen. 

Throughout the years, the family has remained close and the Duchess of Cambridge took to Instagram on Mother's Day to celebrate Carole's role in her life, posting an adorable throwback picture. Whilst it's even been suggested that Michael and Carole Middleton could have a bigger influence on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children than the Royal Family in the future. 

Now royal expert Katie Nicholl has suggested that for both Prince William and Duchess Catherine, the Middleton family provides a sense of “normality”.

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Royal expert Katie explained to OK! magazine: “The Middletons have always been that anchor for Kate and William.

“It’s a real sense of normality amid any chaos. William has always loved spending time with all the Middletons as it’s his escapism.”

Michael and Carole Middleton smile at the crowds following the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England

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She also spoke of how Prince William’s closeness to Carole and Michael Middleton could have helped shape the wider Royal Family’s relationship with his mother and father-in-law.

“He’s close to Carole and Michael and always insisted the royal family treat them well, which the Queen has done. She welcomed them with open arms”, Katie stated.

“William has found weekends away with them so relaxing. It’s a close-knit family and more than anything, they’re very normal. It’s the family dynamic he wished he’d had growing up and it’s how he’s trying to raise his own kids.”

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When it comes to raising their three children, Katie also discussed her belief that Duchess Catherine is keen to keep them “grounded” despite them growing up facing public scrutiny as members of the Royal Family. And it seems like Catherine's experience with her own family might have inspired her parenting style. 

“Kate knows the difficulties she may face as her children are in the public eye”, the royal expert said. “[B]ut she is focused on keeping them grounded, especially as her own family have kept her feet firmly on the ground.”

The Middleton Family has grown this month, with the arrival of Pippa Middleton’s second child - a little girl. Speaking of the joy the birth of her niece has brought Duchess Catherine in the aftermath of her brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview, Katie revealed that “Pippa’s baby joy has been a welcome distraction for Kate after a difficult few weeks”.

“It’s really put a smile back on her face”, she stated.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!