What Was Kate Middleton Like As a Child?

When Kate Middleton joined the royal family, she adapted wonderfully. Unlike the royals, Kate had a down-to-earth childhood that allows her to relate to the common person better than many other members of the family. Who is this woman that’s just as comfortable at a sports game, as she is at a state dinner? What was she like as a child? Find out below.

Kate Middleton was raised by a strong mother

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During a speech for mental health awareness, Kate acknowledged that she had a very lucky childhood. She said: “My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood, where I always knew I was loved, valued, and listened to.”

Kate grew up in a stable and upper-middle-class family. Her father worked for the British Airways as a flight dispatcher, and was from a wealthy Yorkshire family, with ties to British aristocracy. Kate’s mother “has ancestors who worked as laborers,” but her childhood was far from poor. Kate’s biographer, Marcia Moody, explained how Kate’s mother was a strong example for her daughter.

“I think Carole Middleton is a really admirable woman,” Moody said. “She grew up in a family with little money and was state educated, but she started up her own business from scratch, from her own idea. She started it, built it, and made a success of it while raising three children with no formal childcare, and the business did so well that her husband gave up his job to join her. People have been called feminist role models for less!”

There’s no doubt that Kate learned a lot about being a working mother, and how to be a strong example from her own mother. Her parents provided her with a lovely childhood that would have greatly affected the person she was growing up, and who she is today.

Kate Middleton was a tomboy

It’s well known that Kate was a tomboy growing up. She loved sports, and active pursuits and many have noticed that Middleton doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. In school, Kate participated in swimming, tennis, field hockey and netball.

During a speech at SportAid’s 40th Anniversary dinner in 2013, Kate said: “Some of you may know that I love sports. I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about. I love the physical challenge sports presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often bring people together to work as part of a team.”

Kate’s tomboy spirit can still be seen today in the clothes she wears, while off-duty and at more informal events. She will usually wear jeans, and a boyfriend shirt with tennis shoes, or athletic wear, like a sports suit.

Kate Middleton’s childhood nickname was Squeak

During a visit to her childhood school, Kate revealed that her classmate’s nickname for her was Squeak. Kate said: “I was nicknamed Squeak just like my guinea pig. There was one called Pip and one called Squeak, because my sister was called Pippa, I was called Squeak.”

We’re wondering if that’s in reference to anything beside a guinea pig. Did she have a quiet, squeaky voice? Unless one of her old classmates speaks up, we may never know.

Kate Middleton was bullied in school

Her classmates weren’t always so endearing to the future duchess, though. During her early teen years, Kate attended a private girls school, where she was bullied for being too skinny and meek. A former classmate explained the situation:“She said that there was a group of girls that called her names and they stole her books and stuff- little things like that. They rounded up on her a bit because she was quite a soft and nice person… When she used to go to lunch, she would sit down with people and they all used to get up and sit on another table.”

Events of that nature leave a lasting impression, especially at such a young age. Kate eventually withdrew from the school, but not until the stress wore on her so badly that she suffered from eczema flare-ups. As an adult, one of the charities that Kate supports is a London-based anti-bullying foundation. It’s likely she chose to support the group because it resonates with her childhood experiences.

Kate Middleton is a down-to-earth duchess that the public loves

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We invite you to take a sneak peek at The Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea ‘Back to Nature’ Garden! The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. Speaking ahead of @The_RHS garden unveiling, The Duchess of Cambridge said: “In recent years I have focussed much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life. I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.” Some features of the #ChelseaFlowerShow garden include: 1. A swing seat hanging below the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform tree house, encouraging creative play and discovery for all generations. 2. The high platform tree house is inspired by a bird or animal nest and provides a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. 3/4. The garden is aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multi-sensory, green and blue plant scheme. The garden will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures. The garden forms part of Her Royal Highness’s ongoing work on early childhood development and her mission to support efforts that give every child the best possible start in life. The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role.

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Because of her childhood, spent with hardworking parents, and pursuing activities that take persistence and dedication, Kate has grown into a duchess that the public can relate to. It’s unlikely that if she’d been raised in another way, that the public would still find her so endearing. Kate offers the royal family a connection to the average person, and they are no doubt grateful for this.