‘Real world’ Kate Middleton set to adopt Sophie Wessex’s ‘admirable’ royal parenting style


Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has written a new book titled ‘The New Royals’ in which she discusses how the Firm will adapt and modernise right down to the way some of the wives are raising their children.

The Wessex’s children were raised largely out of the public eye and do not carry HRH titles.

The book claims that the Princess of Wales wishes to also give her three children, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, a relatively quiet upbringing, despite their position in the Royal Family.

Kate Middleton and Sophie Wessex

Kate allegedly admires Sophie’s parenting style (Image: Getty)

The Wessex family

Edward and Sophie have raised their children relatively privately (Image: Getty)

Ms Nicholl wrote: “Kate is said to admire the way Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, are raising their children – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn – in the bosom of the Royal Family but prepared for life in the real world.”

During lockdown in 2020, the Countess of Wessex spoke about how she wanted her children to have a strong work ethic and grounding in the real world.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Sophie said: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

“Hence, we made the decision not to use HRH titles. They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

The Cambridges

William and Kate have said they wish for things to be as normal as possible for their children (Image: Getty)

Lady Louise and Sophie

Lady Louise took on a summer job at a garden centre (Image: Getty)

The Palace confirmed she will be attending the University of St Andrews, but it is unknown if she will decide to become a working royal following her graduation.

While William and Kate may choose to adopt such a parenting style, with the couple’s move to Windsor partially influenced by being able to give their children more privacy, they will not have the same freedom as the Wessex’s children.

While meeting royal fans at Sandringham last week, the Prince and Princess of Wales told fans they endeavour to keep things “as normal as possible” for their children.

The Cambridge children

The new book claims that the siblings may support each other in their roles in the future (Image: Getty)

Ms Nicholls wrote: “George, Charlotte, and Louis, who had starring roles at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, are being raised by their parents with an awareness of their positions and the roles they will one day carry out in support of the monarchy.

“George knows that like his papa, he will one day be king, while Charlotte will likely juggle the role of being the spare with a career.”

She added: “Louis could well be a private citizen undertaking occasional royal duties, like William and Harry’s cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, as well as princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.”


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