It’s true that even royalty get stressed by their daily life while they concern themselves with fulfilling royal obligations and maintaining a favorable public perception. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is no different and apparently resorts to a very basic hobby loved by children around the world to find the necessary “detox.”
Kate Middleton’s hobby proves she’s a kid at heart. https://t.co/5aUyXZkVtm
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) December 1, 2016
Prince William let this piece of information slip when he was awarding the Order of the British Empire this week at Buckingham Palace to Johanna Basford, an adult coloring book illustrator.
Basford noted that after Prince William shared that Kate likes to color in The Secret Garden, he began an “adult coloring craze,” and the illustrator added it “was really sweet.”
“I think we’ve just seen the coloring community flourish,” Basford continued of fans like Middleton. “I think people are just craving a digital detox.”
During an interview with The Telegraph, Basford also shared that Prince William is a bit of a fan of her husband. The publication outlines why this is the case.
“In an unusual event, Ms Basford was joined at the investiture ceremony by her husband James Watt, co-owner of BrewDog, who was also picking up an honour – an MBE for services to the brewing industry. Ms Blasford, joking about Kate and William’s potential interests, said: ‘So maybe she’s a fan of my work and he’s a fan of my husband’s.'”
The best-selling author also dropped subtle hints that Buckingham Palace, and possibly Middleton herself, have become the inspiration for her next book.
“I’m working on a new book just now and it’s set in a castle, funnily enough, so I will definitely try to remember everything,” she said. “I’m sure little snippets of today will feature in the book.”
Middleton clearly has an eye for great artwork and is reportedly talented when creating her own, which indicates why coloring is an activity that she enjoys so much. The Duchess has been a steady advocate for a number of children’s charities that focus on mental health issues. One such charity is The Art Room, which is an art therapy charity for children who struggle with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
This new hobby and favorite activity of Middleton’s is certainly one that she can partake in with her 3-year-old son, Prince George, and her 1-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte. The two tots have a blossoming range of interests all their own, as Kate recently shared. During a tea party at London’s Natural History Museum, Middleton indicated that George has an “obsession with dinosaurs and volcanoes,” as Entertainment Tonight relays.
Kate Middleton says Princess Charlotte is “very chatty” and Prince George loves dinos https://t.co/OPWOBMonpn
— InStyle (@InStyle) November 23, 2016
As the Inquisitr recently noted, Prince William was quite open about the way parenting has changed him. The royal opened up, stating that he experiences the highs and lows and challenges that present themselves every day as a young father to two busy tots.
“Well, as the other parents in the room will testify, there’s wonderful highs and there’s wonderful lows. It’s been quite a change for me, personally. I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine[Kate Middleton]. She is an amazing mother and a fantastic wife. But I’ve struggled at times, the alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing,” he continued.
“I adore my children very much and I’ve learned a lot about myself and about a family, just from having my own children and it’s amazing how much you pick up from just in those moments.”
Prince William and Duchess Kate have become known for their openness about matters that affect all parents, regardless of their station in life, and they have found their way into the hearts of many due to how identifiable they have become on the subject of parenting.
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