Kate Middleton Could Step Back From ‘Forefront of Royal Duties’ by Having a Fourth Child, Royal Commentator Says

Another child for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge could mean less time in the glare of the royal spotlight. 

Any parent knows having a child is a full-time job. Even though Catherine and Prince William’s schedules as senior members of the British royal family keep them very busy, they make time for their kids. Sure, they get help from royal nannies and have personal assistants to manage their jam-packed schedules but they’re all about family.

That’s why one royal commentator thinks if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do one day decide to have another child, Catherine would take a break from her royal duties. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton have three kids

Prince William and Catherine are parents to three children. On July 22, 2013, the couple welcomed their first child, Prince George of Cambridge, who is now 6 years old.

Then almost two years later on May 2, 2015, they gave Prince George a sibling when his younger sister, now-4-year-old Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, arrived on the scene.

Prince William and Kate Middleton stand with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019
Prince William and Kate Middleton stand with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019 | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

Catherine and Prince William added a third child to their growing family on April 23, 2018, when they welcomed Prince Louis of Cambridge

Royal commentator says Kate Middleton would ‘rather be at home with the children’

With people always wondering whether or not the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have more children, royal author Phil Dampier feels the possibility is likely. 

“It wouldn’t surprise me if they have a fourth child,” he told Fabulous Digital in Sept. 2020 per Express

Why? Because it would give Catherine a chance to take a break from her responsibilities as a working royal.

Kate Middleton with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at a charity polo match on June 10, 2018
Kate Middleton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at a charity polo match on June 10, 2018 | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

“Not only does [Catherine] love family life in Norfolk, to be honest, it gives her an excuse to not be at the forefront of royal duties for a bit longer, which I don’t think she enjoys,” Dampier said.

He continued, saying it’s his understanding she’d prefer to spend time with her children than take part in official royal engagements. 

“I think Kate’s been interacting with the public and doing very well recently, but from what I’m told, she’d rather be at home with the children,” he said.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are both hands-on parents

Following the lead of his late mother, Princess Diana, the Duke of Cambridge has been an involved father. He took paternity leave from royal duties after Catherine gave birth to each of their children.

When he returned to his normal schedule, he made time to drop his kids off at school and pick them up. The activity remains something he and Catherine both do to give their kids a sense of normalcy. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte to school on Sept. 5, 2019
Kate Middleton and Prince William take their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte to school on Sept. 5, 2019 | Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Having grown up as a commoner, Catherine spent lots of time with her family and has continued that tradition with her own children. She’s been known to cook and play with George, Charlotte, and Louis regularly. 

While we don’t know for sure whether or not the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have a fourth child, it’s safe to say they’ll take a similar approach to what they’ve done in the past although Catherine said on a podcast in Feb. 2020 she’d change a few things.

Despite the tweaks she’d make, we’d expect the Duchess of Cambridge to cut back on royal duties because of her history with severe morning sickness during pregnancy. And she and William both would likely take a step back from royal duties immediately following the baby’s birth. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finished up an official tour of Ireland in early March 2020 and have more travel planned for the future.