How Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Children Helped Them Establish a Relatable Reputation

The press was not exactly kind to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge before she and Prince William finally tied the knot. After a years-long, on and off relationship, the papers started calling her “Waity Katie” and insinuating she might never lock down the future king. Those naysayers changed their tune when William proposed in 2010.

Fans fell in love with Kate as a princess almost instantly. Not only was she beautiful, warm, and clearly in love with Prince William, she was also technically a commoner like themselves. Kate-mania reached a fever pitch on April 29, 2011 during Will and Kate’s royal wedding. But it took another milestone to really make this couple the international superstars they are today.

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Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince William and Kate Middleton didn’t wait long to start their family

The baby bump watch for Kate began basically the day after her royal wedding, and fans didn’t have to wait long for their dreams to come true. William and Kate announced they were expecting a royal heir on Dec. 3, 2012, just over a year after their wedding. Prince George made them a family of 3 on July 22, 2013.

Suddenly, Kate transitioned from the role of royal wife to that of a royal mother. What’s more, she was raising the little boy who would grow up to be king one day. The public couldn’t get enough, and like his parents before him, Prince William allowed cameras to capture some of the most important moments of their lives.

Prince George birth
Prince George birth | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Kate admitted that becoming a mother was hard

Later, Kate admitted that parts of motherhood were difficult for her, like feeling lonely during the early days with an infant. “It’s so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one it falls away,” the duchess said during an engagement. “After that, there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read.”

But her vulnerability only made fans love her more because they could relate to it. So many new moms go through a tough transition, and Kate proved that even with all the privileges in the world, becoming a mom is hard work.

William and Kate became hands-on parents

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

It’s clear that William paid close attention to how his mother Princess Diana raised him and his younger brother Harry. Rather than leaving the difficult bits of parenting to royal nannies, which is the approach Queen Elizabeth took with her kids, both William and Kate are very involved in raising their three children.

After Prince George was born, the couple expanded their family to include Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do employ a nanny who helps care for their kids while the couple is busy at speaking engagements or on tour. But both Will and Kate are doting parents just like Diana was long ago.

Being parents makes William and Kate very relatable

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Prince George of Cambridge with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

The millions of parents in the United Kingdom and beyond see the effort William and Kate put into parenting their kids and respect it. They noticed when the Cambridges walked Prince George and Princess Charlotte to their first day of school rather than letting the nanny handle it. They took note when Kate handled Charlotte’s cheeky outburst with grace. They respected how Prince George opted to help the grocery delivery person carry in the bags, proving he’s not being raised arrogant or snobbish.

For these and a hundred other parenting moments Prince William and Kate revealed over the years, their royal fans love and relate to them. Like when Kate said her favorite thing about being a mom is being hugged.

Like most moms, Kate loves warm hugs

As royal correspondent Rebecca English of the Daily Mail reported, “One woman named Finesse, who chatted with Kate about motherhood during her visit [to Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre], said the duchess ‘was asking about the best thing for us as parents and told us that for her it was getting hugs from her kids.’”

Moments like this are precisely why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are such relatable parents.