KATE MIDDLETON’S mother Carole has understandably had a significant impact on the Duchess of Cambridge’s life – and now she has become an “influential force” to future sovereign Prince William too, according to a royal expert.
William is thought to have been drawn to the Middleton family partly because they represented a sense of normality he has rarely been able to experience. With no direct links to aristocracy prior to her marriage to William, Kate’s family offered the royal an escape away from the spotlight. As a result, Mrs Middleton has apparently gained more impact on the Royal Family than initially realised.
Royal author Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital back in February: “Carole is a very strong woman who comes from quite a humble background and the fact that she has worked herself up with a successful business has given her a backbone of steel.”
Mrs Middleton has grown her own company, Party Pieces, from a homegrown business built in her shed to a firm which is said to have “made the family millions” according to the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay, over three decades.
Her husband also gave up his own job to assist with Party Pieces.
Mr Dampier continued: “Kate turns to [Carole] for advice and comfort all the time and she spends a lot of time with William and Kate’s three children.”
Some insiders have suggested there was even a battle over their eldest child, Prince George, after William’s father Prince Charles felt he did not get to see him enough.
Prince Charles and Carole Middleton (Image: Getty)
Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton are both very close with their daughter Kate (Image: Getty)
A royal source told The Sun: “Now that Harry and Meghan have in effect left the Royal Family, there is a lot more pressure on William and Kate.
“Carole will be a stabilising and supportive force in the background, looking after the kids when needs be but also just being there for them.
“Carole is very much a power behind the throne and her influence is immense.”
A royal insider even told Fabulous Digital that Mrs Middleton has become a substitute mother for William, who lost Princess Diana when he was just 15.
They explained: “William’s-in-laws have become like second parents and Carole is almost a Diana-type mum.”
Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince William and Kate Middleton are all at the royal frontline (Image: Getty)
They added that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made “quite a few visits to see the Middletons in Berkshire” while “Carole has spent a lot of time at Anmer Hall with the couple”.
William is said to have been particularly dependent on Kate’s family after Harry and Meghan’s departure, knowing that he and his wife now have to take even more of the spotlight than before.
However, this closeness has left Charles reportedly feeling “rather left out”.
A family friend told the Daily Mail in 2017: “He gets very little time with his grandchildren and I know he gets upset about it because he has said so.
Carole is said to be a “power behind the throne” through her bond with Kate and William (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles allegedly feels he does not see his grandchildren as much as he would like (Image: Getty)
“He certainly feels William spends more time with the Middletons than he does with his own family.”
Mrs Middleton even told The Telegraph back in 2018 that she was without a doubt a “hands-on” grandmother.
She emphasised how she always wants her family to be her priority.
Carole has said that family is “paramount” to her (Image: Getty)
Kate’s mother explained: “Family comes first and that will always be the case, even when I have more me time.”
While Charles is known to also be a keen family man, his dedication to his job means he has to prioritise his duty to the crown.
William acknowledged as much during a 2019 BBC documentary dedicated to his father called ‘Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70’.
The Duke of Cambridge explained: “When he’s there, he’s brilliant [but] we need him there as much as possible.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK