Kate Middleton Wants Low-Key Childhood For Prince George And Princess Charlotte

With the prying eyes that constantly surround the royal family, Kate Middleton still wants her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to have a normal childhood. During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent Cornwall tour, the mother-of-two had a conversation with teenager Bea Hodge from the local group Wadebridge Young Farmers.

According to People, Hodge told reporters that Kate already started to teach her kids about the Sandringham farm and the things that grow there. “She wants the children to learn all about farming and the apples in their orchard. She said she’d secretly like to be a young farmer,” said Hodge.

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Editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward, who’s been following the royals’ story for years, believes that William is following the footsteps of his late mother who’s known for being reachable despite her status.

“Traditionally, royalty has had a stiff upper lip. But these two – and Prince Harry – are anything but traditional. William has often gone out on a limb. He is following Diana – and that is further proof of her legacy.”

It appears that William and Kate want their children to have the same values, and growing up under the spotlight would be a challenge. This is primarily the reason why they opted to live in a place where they could do “normal” things their children would love.

Earlier this year, Vanity Fair reported that the family loved staying in their 10-bedroom Norfolk home. They have a handful of helpers including a nanny and a housekeeper. There is no in-house chef because Kate loves preparing meals for everyone. She reportedly buys local produce from organic farm shop Back to the Garden sometimes.

The couple also takes turns dropping and picking up George from school. William and Kate were reportedly charmed by the place because no one tries to invade their privacy.

“It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life and in the country he can escape. The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”

Anmer Hall was a gift to the couple from the Queen. It was supposed to be a mere country property for William and Kate, but the family opted to relocate there.

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When Charlotte was born, Norfolk authorities distributed letters asking the media to respect the family’s privacy while they’re at Anmer Hall. The letter cites examples of professional photographers who have tried to photograph the family using high-grade long-distance lenses.

As part of their plans to reside in Norfolk, the royal couple allotted several million pounds for the property’s refurbishment. The highlight of the renovation is an “extensive tree-planting program” that would give the family a heightened sense of privacy.

The Mail reports that the Queen wants to accommodate her grandson’s request to move away from the limelight because she doesn’t want Prince George and Princess Charlotte to think of William as an absentee father.

The Queen’s hectic schedule in the early days of her reign did not afford her much time to be with her children Charles and Anne. This prompted Charles to claim that he’s “emotionally estranged” from his mother. “She is determined that William’s children never say similar things about him. Hence her determination,” explained the insider to the publication.

The Middletons likewise play a pivotal role in George and Charlotte’s childhood – something the Queen doesn’t seem to be worried about because she is reportedly “impressed by Mike and Carole Middleton, for the way they have made their own way in the world and the discretion they have shown since their elder daughter married the heir-in-line to the throne.”

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