Today would have been Princess Diana’s 52 birthday and as the impeding arrival of her grandchild approaches, more speculation on what kind of mother Kate Middleton will be arises.
The Princess did not fit the norm when it came to royal parenting style. She wanted her boys, Prince William and younger brother Harry, to be involved in her official activities as much as possible.
“Diana was a fabulous mother,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told ABC News. “(Kate) will want to bring their child up with some of the values William had.”
Diana is credited for giving her sons a more grounded upbringing that other royals had in the past. She was known for showing the boys affection by hugging them in public.
The royal also led by example, being actively involved in the land mine removal charity, which her son Harry still heads, as well as with her charity work involving people with HIV.
Princess Diana also fought royalty long standing traditions that children are not allowed to join their parents on official trips.
“They said, ‘Well, no, royal babies don’t go on these tours,'” Arthur Edwards, royal photographer for The Sun, recalled of the palace’s response. “She said, ‘William doesn’t go, I don’t go.'”
It has been reported that William and Kate plan to raise their child on their own, with the help of Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton. Royal infants usually are offered an entourage of nannies and other caregivers to care for them while their busy parents attend to official business.
Royal contributor Victoria Murphy told ABC News that Kate will be a hands on mom. She will be taking maternity leave from her duties once the baby arrives.
William has talked fondly of what an involved, hands-on mother Princess Diana was and regrets that she never met Kate.
Princess Diana was tragically killed in Paris, France in 1997 at the age of 36 while being chased by paparazzi.
Do you think Kate will follow in some of Princess Diana’s practices as the mother of a royal?
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