Prince William and Kate Middleton Also Want Their Kids to ‘Live’ In the ‘Real World’

We’ve heard time after time that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to raise their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, as normal as possible. But they apparently aren’t the only ones.

A new report says that Prince William and Kate Middleton would love to follow suit when it comes to their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, and Kate Middleton at an event
Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, and Kate Middleton at an event | Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage

The Cambridges reportedly want their kids to have normal life experiences

On Nov. 3, a source told The Sun that Prince William and Middleton both have a “desire” to give their children a regular childhood.

“Kate has always wanted the children to live in the real world,” the insider explained. “She and William don’t want them to live in a gilded bubble. They want them to grow up having the same experiences as other kids.”

The source claimed that this desire is inspired by Princess Diana’s approach to parenting. The late royal had also tried to make her sons’ lives as normal as possible, allowing them to live freely outside of the palace walls.

She let Prince William and Prince Harry attend public school and often took them to do regular things, such as dining at McDonald’s and seeing movies. But, sadly, Princess Diana died in 1997 following a car crash.

Kate Middleton and Prince William at an event
Kate Middleton and Prince William at an event | Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The insider continued, “Kate is mindful of how much William loved his mother. She was very unstuffy and wanted William and Harry to fit in with their school friends and experience normality. That’s the baton she handed to Kate.”

The source noted that Middleton has tried to follow suit by letting her children do “normal” things like go swimming, visit petting zoos, and more.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are raising their son in a similar way

The Sussexes have also adopted a modern approach to raising their son.  

Parenting expert Zoe Bonser said in an Oct. 7 interview with Express that Markle has bucked tradition by not seeking advice from members of the royal family. Instead, the duchess is relying on herself to make the big decisions and has been getting input from outside sources.

“Meghan trusts in her own decisions and makes her own way when it comes to motherhood, taking influence from others outside of the Royal Family,” Bonser shared.

But Markle and Prince Harry have ditched royal traditions since the day they welcomed Archie on May 6. They kept the details surrounding his birth private and later opted to give him a non-traditional name.

There are even widespread rumors that they might be preparing to move to Africa, in part to give Archie a more conventional life.

“They would love to build a traditional bush lodge, constructed by locals, bringing work and trade to the land,” a source previously told The Mirror. “There has also been talk of a local school being built as well. Most importantly, they want somewhere where they have complete privacy and will not be disturbed.”

But only time will tell what happens with that.