KATE, Duchess of Cambridge has been channelling her late mother-in-law Princess Diana at home with her heartwarming attempt to make one spot in Kensington Palace the “heart of the home”.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has been trying to make one room in Kensington Palace a special place for her own family since moving into the London residence, according to royal expert Omid Scobie. Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed the desire of giving their three children a childhood as normal as possible and Kate is believed to have been seeking to turn the kitchen into the “heart of the home.” And her goal appeared to be in line with previous attempts from Diana, Princess of Wales when she lived in Kensington Palace with her two young sons.
Discussing her experience in the palace, Mr Scobie told former royal chef Carolyn Robb: “I remember having a conversation with the Duchess of Cambridge about how important it was that the kitchen would be the heart of their home.
“That sounds like when you were working at Kensington Palace, it was too.”
Ms Robb, who worked Prince Charles and Princess Diana for several years before continuing to work for the Prince of Wales following their divorce, told Yahoo’s The Royal Story: “The kitchen was the gathering place she everybody popped in and out, and there were always other people in the kitchen, usually protection officers drinking cups of tea.
“There were occasions, particularly when Diana was at home on her own in the evening, she’d say, ‘oh, just leave a plate of food in the fridge for me.’
Kate is channelling Diana as she seeks to make the kitchen the heart of the home (Image GETTY)
Princess Diana tried to have things informal in the kitchen, Ms Robb recalled (Image GETTY)
“It was nice for her as well to be able to just pop into the kitchen and help herself. Have things a little bit informal at times.”
Kate and William appear to have taken a leaf out of Diana’s book, with the couple often being praised for being “loving” parents who are trying to give their children lives as normal as possible.
The Duke and Duchess treated their eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to a football match at the home o Norwich City FC in Carrow Road in October.
In the Summer, they also brought both children along to a royal engagement on the Isle of Wight during which Princess Charlotte won over the public with her cheeky behaviour, sticking out her tongue to cameras as the Duchess looked on with a playful look.
Kate and William have been known to be hands-on parents to George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: GETTY)
Kate looked on bemused as Princess Charlotte teased the public (Image: GETTY)
George and Charlotte appear to have been given the opportunity to develop their own character while being given a certain degree of independence but their parents are sure to be infusing their upbringing with the values learned from previous generations.
Natural parenting expert Angela Spencer told Express.co.uk in October: “The values of compassion and fun that both Prince William and Harry speak of fondly having learned from their mother are just as important as the values of independence and expression that the Duchess of Cambridge appears to install in Diana’s grandchildren.
“I think every wise parent takes the advice and experience from friends and family they feel is relevant to their own family situation and incorporates it into their own parenting ideals.
“After all, no one is an expert the minute their baby is born, they all learn as they go and get some things right and others wrong.”
Kate and William brought George and Charlotte to watch Aston play Norwich City in October (Image: GETTY)
Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents in Cowes to watch their parents face off in a regatta in September (Image: GETTY)
Ms Spencer added: “What is key is that we are not judged or berated for those choices, but instead offered positive support and compassion, it is a dying skill.
“Maybe we could all take a lesson from the late Princess Diana on that.”
Kate and William have indeed decided to give their children a normal childhood, with the Duke admitting in 2016 they will not be telling their eldest son about the future role he will play.
Speaking to the BBC, the second in line to the throne said: “There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits into the world.
“But right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing as much love as I can as a father.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK