Prince William's effort to keep life normal for George, Charlotte and Louis


    A new book extract has revealed the way Prince William tries to make his life normal for his children and do away with “stuffy” suits. In his new book “Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown”, author Valentine Low reveals a series of startling revelations and fascinating tidbits about the Royal Family – not the least of which is the way by which Prince William tried to keep things less “stuffy” for his children.

    William and Kate’s children – George, nine, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four – are reportedly allowed to “run around the office”, while staff are allowed to dress “casually”.

    In a recently published extract from the book, Mr Low explains: “When William and Kate’s children were young, and the family were dividing their time between Anmer Hall in Norfolk and Kensington Palace, William told his staff that he did not want them wearing suits when they were in the office.”

    The author adds that a member of the household told him: “He wants it to be casual. The kids run around the office, and he does not want it to be stuffy.

    “If we have important meetings, or are going to Buckingham Palace, then of course we [wear suits].”

    The practice, Mr Low writes, started with casual Fridays, until William told staff that unless they had important people coming in for meetings, they could dress casually. He reportedly told them: “This is where my family lives”.

    Mr Low noted: “What they wore did not matter”.

    But it was not just in terms of dress codes that Prince William sought to make a difference in his office. The author describes how when Ed Perkins, who worked as a press secretary for both Prince Harry and Prince William, applied to move from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace, he was pulled aside for a “quiet word”.

    He was reportedly asked: “We just want to check. You did go to a comprehensive school, didn’t you?”

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    Mr Perkins confirmed that he did, with Mr Low commenting that this had been “the right answer”.

    Commenting on William and Kate’s style of parenting after their relationship with their children was on full display during the Platinum Jubilee, Royal expert Jennie Bond told OK!: “I think William and Catherine are making a good job of giving their children as much of a normal upbringing as possible.

    “The family dynamics look to be very normal. They both, William in particular, have spoken before about the importance of mental health and giving their children emotional intelligence and the space to tell their parents how they’re feeling and what their emotions are.”

    Ms Bond added that Kate and William follow “modern” parenting ideas, stating: “I’ve read that they have a very modern way of parenting where, instead of putting your child on the naughty step, you allow your child to explain why they feel how they do and have a conversation about it so they can express themselves and calm down that way.

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    “The result seems to be that they are children who are broadly well behaved. Louis didn’t misbehave over the Jubilee, but he was mischievous as four year olds are.”

    Early years development is a key part of the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal work, with the future Queen establishing The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. Kate embarked on a working visit to Denmark earlier this year to hear more from the world leader in the field about how the UK can improve its support for parents and children.


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