Following the birth of their first baby, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton retreated into the arms of the Middleton family, moving in with the royal in-laws who provided support and babysitting services for the new mom Kate and the two princes. But this time, with the second royal baby, things are going to be very different.
According to reports in the British press, the royal couple plan to turn up their noses at the Middleton family after the birth of the new royal baby, an event expected any day now.
Instead, the couple and their new baby — and presumably the toddler Prince George as well — will go straight from the hospital to their official residence at Kensington Palace. And that's where they'll stay. At least until they move to their second home, Amner Hall on the Royal Family's country estate in Norfolk.
The move will come after only a couple of days for the couple at Kensington Palace.
If the Middelton family wants to spend time with their new grandchild, they'll have to make the three-hour trip up the M25 highway to visit Kate, William, and the kids in Norfolk
The reason? According to the reports out of London, none other than Prince Charles himself is behind the regal snub.
According to a report in Britain's Express newspaper, Prince Charles — father of Prince William and, of course, grandfather to both Prince George and George's soon-to-be younger sibling — has been complaining that he "almost never" sees little George and that he's been forced to the margins of his grandson's upbringing, even as the Middleton family is allowed almost total access to the child.
The Middletons even took Prince George with them when they vacationed in the Caribbean where they held a gala 60th birthday blowout for royal mother-in-law, Carole Middleton.
Prince Charles, however, does not intend to shut his in-laws out of the lives of his grandchildren. He just wants more time for himself with the grandkids, according to the reports.
But other royal watchers say that William has actively embraced the warm family atmosphere provided by the Middeltons, who remind him of his own mother, the late Princess Diana — who revolutionized the way the royals presented themselves in public by often wearing her heart on her sleeve.
On his father's side of the family, the Windsor ethic displayed not only by Prince Charles, but by his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, requires the traditional British stiff upper lip, meaning that personal emotions are always concealed in public in favor of a cold and aloof demeanor.
But Prince William and Kate Middleton appear to have rejected that outdated style, in favor of the more modern and cozy approach favored by the Middletons.
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