Why Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Kids Have It So Much Easier Than Past Royals

It probably seems like the British royals all have a sweet life — and in some ways, they definitely do. But the children in the family still have to grow up with all the typical childhood learning experiences, not to mention some extra family drama.

But no British royal family has ever been quite like Price William and Kate Middleton’s. And in many ways, their children will have a better upbringing than the royals before them. These are some signs indicating their lives will be a little easier than their relatives’ experiences, including Kate’s philosophy on childhood (page 5).

Kate and William seem to genuinely love each other

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace

The royal couple still seems very much in love. | John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Thankfully, there are no arranged marriages in the royal family — but that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and roses between the couples. However, the love between William and Kate is palpable, and their relationship seems completely genuine and full of happiness. Their admiration and respect for each other will help them make better parenting choices.

Next: Prince George, Charlotte, and the new baby won’t have to deal with the drama their father did.

The drama between Charles and Diana affected Prince William

Prince Harry and Prince William hold an African rock python

The princes were deeply affected by their parents’ divorce. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Princes William and Harry were young when their parents split, and both have admitted that it hurt them deeply. Splitting their time between their parents took its toll, and they felt like they didn’t see either parent enough. While there are no guarantees in life, the seemingly solid marriage between Kate and William means their children are less likely to endure the heartbreak of divorce.

Next: Divorce wasn’t the only tragedy a young Prince William had to face.

Losing Diana shaped William’s views on support and family

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and Prince William

The sophisticated look earned her plenty of style points. | Johnny Eggitt/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Diana died in 1997, when William was only 15 years old. William admitted he was both angry and sad when she died, and he still misses his mother every day. He has spoken to groups of children who have also lost parents young. And he, Harry, and Kate teamed up with the #OKtoSay campaign that encourages people to speak up about emotional challenges and mental health. William’s tragic loss has helped shape who he is — a compassionate person and a great father.

Next: The Duchess of Cambridge adores children.

Kate Middleton’s love of children is endearing

The duchess loves children. | Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images

It’s clear the Duchess of Cambridge loves her own children — she’s about to welcome her third, after all. And recently, while being interviewed about the new art exhibit at the London’s National Portrait Gallery, she admitted she loves photography and that pictures of children are her favorites.

“As a student at the University of St. Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature prominently in the exhibition, are of real interest to me,” she said. Kate considers herself an “enthusiastic amateur photographer” and loves snapping photos of her sweet children.

Next: This royal family believes childhood should be enjoyed.

Kate thinks childhood should be enjoyed while it lasts

Prince George, Duchess Kate, Princess Catherine, and Prince William in the Royal Family Christmas Card 2015

The parents aren’t afraid to let their kids have fun. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

One sign of great parenting is parents who allow their children to have fun and enjoy childhood. And that seems to be Kate and William’s approach. Speaking about the new exhibit at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Kate said, “These photographs allow us to reflect on the importance of preserving and appreciating childhood while it lasts.”

Next: Neither Kate nor William have a problem with breaking the rules for the family’s sake.

Kate and William are rule breakers

Kate Middleton on Indian game drive

The couple is far more casual than older royals. | Heathcliff O’Malley-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Much like her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton has had no problem going against royal rules. For example, she and William fly as a family with their children, and they prefer to host Christmas at home rather than dragging the kids to Sandringham House in the name of tradition. While they do adhere to a few royal customs, they always put their family’s well-being first.

Next: There’s no need to cover up feelings in this royal family.

Kate and William encourage emotions

Prince George of Cambridge talks to Queen Elizabeth II outside the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princ

The couple is very nurturing. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Gone are the days when members of the royal family are encouraged to appear stoic and emotionless, at least when it comes to Kate and William’s children. The couple want their kids to grow up knowing they can talk to their parents about anything.

“Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,” William said in an interview with Prince Harry for CALMZine, a publication run by the British mental health organization Campaign Against Living Miserably. With loving, caring parents like Kate and William, those little royals are sure to have great years ahead of them.

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