Kate Middleton's Parents Will Likely Be Closer With the Baby Than Charles & Camilla

kate middleton babyThere's a ridiculous rumor going around, saying that Prince Charles and Camilla are "furious" at Kate Middleton right now, because she's letting her parents hog baby Cambridge. The Duke, Duchess, and little George Alexander Louis have been spending a good amount of time at Kate's parents' Bucklebury home, which is a big deviation from how other royal babies have spent their first few weeks. And which means Kate's parents are getting to spend more time with their new addition than Will's are.

Now, like I said, I seriously doubt Charles and Camilla are "furious" with their daughter-in-law over this, but if you believe the ol' "where there's smoke, there's fire" adage, there very well could be some truth to this. And isn't this something lots of couples deal with?

Royals. They really are just like us.

In my experience, it seems to typically be the case that one set of grandparents is the eensiest bit closer (or a lot closer?) with their grandkids than the other set. Growing up, I was a bit closer to my mother's parents than I was with my father's, really for no good reason at all. And in the case of my daughter, she's a bit "closer" with my father (my mom has since passed) than my in-laws simply by default. My husband's parents live a plane ride away, where my father is about an hour drive. And I've noticed the same thing with my friends, as well. I'm yet to see an instance where one set of grandparents is super close with the kids and the other not at all, but there's usually a slight noticeable difference. And, I don't know, from what I've seen, it kind of seems like the mom's parents tend to be the ones who are slightly closer. Maybe because, usually, mom is with baby more often than dad? (Or if dad's with baby more often, maybe baby's closer with his parents?) I realize it's not that way in every case, but does anyone else feel that way?

I'm sure on some level Kate Middleton and Prince William feel guilty that her parents are "getting all the fun". I know I do in my situation, but there's really nothing I can do about it, short of moving. The fact is, my daughter will likely grow up being closer with my father than she will with my in-laws. It's a bummer for everyone involved (even my dad feels bad!), but right now, here's where our lives and our jobs are. It is what it is.

In the case of Will and Kate, though (and many others), they are all close, proximity-wise. So it will be interesting to see how things play out. From what I've heard, Kate is extremely close with her parents -- hence, her bucking royal tradition and spending time at their place -- and she'll likely be spending a bit more time with the baby than Will. So if the Middletons got to see George a bit more than Charles and Camilla, I wouldn't be shocked. I also wouldn't be shocked if it annoyed them a bit. Furious seems like a bit much, but annoyance? Totally believable.

Is your kid closer with one set of grandparents?


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There's something to be said about being a "commoner";you don't have to make an appointment to see your parents.So they get the goodies(George).The duchess wasn't raised by refrigerator parents she is very close to her family. William feels very at home with her family also.They both will want their son to grow up feeling loved and cared for by extended family.And by the look on HM Elizabeth face leading up to the birth I think she to will tweak royal protocol and love up on that little boy!I'd never seen her smile like that,she was beaming.

Debora Lastinger Sparks

I have all sons....and it does appear that the other grandparents get more face time than me....but I have spent considerably more $$$ than the other grandparents....you know the son is a son til he takes a wife!

nonmember avatar Jessica

You said you've never seen and instance where one set was super close compared to the other set of Grandparents? My relationship with my grandparents is like night and day. I'm very close with my mom's parents and used to see them at least once a week as a kid and my dad's parents are more like acquaintances to me. The best part is that I was about equal travel distance to both through out my childhood. As an adult I now know that the relationship between my dad and his step-mom is an awful one hence why we were never around them, but it does sting a little when they wouldn't come to my engagement party or other events I've hosted.

Bev Richards

I do not honestly believe they are furious.  Camilla has five other grandchildren she gets to see regularly and I just do not see Charles as a "hands on" grandfather whereas Michael and Carole Middleton will almost certainly be.  Hopefuly and God willing, Will and Kate will have enough children to go round.


Donna Moore

you know its true my grandchlider see her parents more than us nd i do get mad over it but in kates place her parents do not have so many royal things to do the are just grand parents and maybe kate feels more comffythere theen in a place when william goes back to work alone in a place were no one gives a damm


nonmember avatar laura

Oh leave her alone! Every new mother wants her mother to be there and help her. Its the grandparents of the mothers job to be there, not siblings! Just leave this couple alone!

Isabel Etkind

It is human nature to seek out your own family whom you have known all your life after a major life change. I am sure that the Duchess of Cambridge also feels comfortable enough with her parents so she does not have to feel that getting help with the baby is an imposition. It is a well known fact that most royal babies are raised by their nannies. I think it is only fair to give the Duchess time to adjust to motherhood before creating difficult scenarios that may not even exist. Also her husband the Duke of Cambridge will be around for two weeks to help with the little Prince.

Tal0n Tal0n

My kid only has one set of living grandparents.

As for me and my brothers, we were MUCH closer to our father's parents.  MUCH.  And not because of distance...they lived a comparable car ride away.  It was just that my mother's father was kind of a dick, and frankly neither of them were much interested in grandkids after a certain age.  Whereas my father's parents thought all their grandkids were awesomeness personified and made it a point to spend time with all of us, together and apart.  Took us on vacations, helped fund school trips, had us over for extended stays...my mother's parents?  Definitely not so much.

It's no wonder we had favorites.

April... AprilJune

My kids are definitely closer to my parents. I think their lack of a relationship with my in-laws can be contributed to their lack of interest and my bitterness at their lack of interest. I have given up making an effort. My husband tries occassionally, but when it's unsucessful, we both start wondering why we bother.

Kristin Tara Murphy-Burt

My mother is closer to my childern than my husbands parents. His parents live about 2 hours away and my mother lives down the block from me. My husbands family is a once a year family and his sister is not the nicest person to be around. So I do not make the effort to go and see them.

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