As Kate Middleton excitedly awaits the arrival of her first child with Prince William later this year, it seems the duchess has been making sure to find out all she can about motherhood – and who better to take tips off than her own mum, Carole?
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William announced the pregnancy in December last year before Kate had reached her second trimester – largely thought to be because she had to be hospitalised for acute morning sickness, and the exciting baby news would probably have been broken by the press.
Now, as they couple await their bouncing baby’s arrival this summer, they are doing things all good parents-to-be make sure to have ticked off the list.
This includes getting ready to move into their newly renovated apartment in Kensington Palace, an ideal place, with its children’s nursery and walled garden, for a youngster to grow up.
As well as finding a lovely family home, Kate is thought to have been bending her mum’s ear for some tips and pointers on being a good mum.
And, as family friend George Brown, who lived in the same village as the Middletons when Kate was growing up, reveals to OK! magazine, Carole was always the model mum.
“Carole always seemed very, very competent,” George explained. “She came over to me and lifted up the kids and read with them. She was a natural. She didn’t need any tips. I can’t remember her ever coming to me for advice. She took to motherhood like a duck to water.
“She established a routine with regular eating and sleeping times with no problem at all.”
Looks like Kate will be getting some invaluable advice ahead of the arrival of her little one then!
And it will come in very handy, particularly considering the fact that the royal couple aren’t believed to be keen on relying on outside help too much when raising their child.
A friend explained: “Kate and William are determined to be hands-on parents. Her parents are very excited about the baby and will help out as much as possible.
“They will, probably, use a part-time nanny to help them out when they have to attend events and don’t have a babysitter, but they don’t want a full-time nanny.”