Kate Middleton’s absence from public life discussed by reporter
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Kate Middleton, 39, joined the Royal Family in 2011 when she married Prince William at Westminister Abbey, London. The couple have three children together; Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three and fans have only seen a snapshot of them as parents as they like to keep family life private. Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Leon Hady of Guide Education about the Duchess of Cambridge’s style when it comes to raising her children.
Their Royal Highnesses’ official residence is Kensington palace but the family spend some time in Amner Hall, Norfolk.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also undertake royal duties in support of The Queen, in both the UK and overseas.
And Kate devotes much of her time supporting a number of charitable causes and organisations, several of which are centred around providing children with the best possible start in life.
As a result, her work has had an impact on her parenting style which Leon describes as “firm but fair”.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Leon said Kate is a “hands-on” mother.
“Kate Middleton is very open when it comes to discussing parenting techniques and her style is one that shows her as a hands-on, warm and sensitive mother to her three children.
“Contrary to royal parenting traditions, there have been multiple occasions where Kate has shown her ability to be care-free, laugh along with her children and show affection at royal appearances.”
The most recent occasion Kate’s parenting style was seen by the public was at the Euro 2020 round 16 and Final.
Kate and Prince William took Prince George to watch two matches and Leon spoke about this occasion.
“Scenes of her celebrating with Prince George and later having to console him during the Euro 2020 football final showed her ability to reassure and provide comfort to her children,” he explained.
When Kate is in public with any of her children, Leon said her focus remains on ensuring they behave.
“When emotions are high, Kate does not shy away from discipling her children in public when necessary,” he said.
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“She is able to do this with a firm but fair approach and has been seen to utilise a number of techniques.
“One of which is crouching down when speaking with her children, allowing her to better connect at eye level and maintain eye contact, removing the fear and intimidation of a parent towering above to discipline.
“Another technique both Kate and William have utilised is the ‘Sofa chat,’ a technique replacing the more traditional ‘naughty step’.
“Instead, if the children are behaving inappropriately, they are separated, asked to sit down and are calmly spoken to by Kate or William.
“This allows them the time to calm down, be removed from the scene of disruption and given the encouragement to make better choices,” Leon added.
“Kate is also a big advocate for children spending time outdoors, where she has previously remarked on the importance of children having the opportunity to spend time in nature as it lays the foundation for both physical and mental wellbeing.”
While Kate has a lot of influence over her children, they also have a nanny, Maria Borrallo.
She was trained at the prestigious Norland College, and was hired by Kate and William when Prince George was just a few months old.
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