Kate Middleton & Prince William's Parenting Quotes: 16 Times They Kept It Real

Kate Middleton & Prince William's Parenting Quotes: 16 Times They Kept It Real
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It goes without saying that Prince William and Kate Middleton take parenting very seriously. Just as Princess Diana did (as well as Kate's parents), the duke and duchess always put their children first. And when it comes to instilling good values and morals in Prince George and Princess Charlotte, they don't mess around. They may have VIP day jobs, but when they're off the clock, William and Kate are all about their little ones. 

In the past few years, both Kate Middleton and Prince William have gotten more candid when it comes to speaking out about their family. In addition to bringing George and Charlotte along with them on a few royal tours (giving us a glimpse into their parenting style), they're always quick to share an anecdote or two about how things go down in Casa Cambridge. (And nine times out of ten, said anecdote is super relatable!)

Both the duke and duchess place a huge emphasis on mental health and talking about one's problems. Obviously, they stress the importance of this with their children on a daily basis. (Not the traditional posh British way!) Additionally, we've learned that while they're loving and open with their kids, they're also pretty strict. For instance, George and Charlotte don't play with iPads, have limited TV time, and usually play outside when the weather permits. And we've all seen Kate put her kids in check before. At sister Pippa's wedding, Prince George was scolded after getting a little cheeky. And when Princess Charlotte threw a tantrum on the tarmac during a royal tour, Kate handled it like a boss. 

From talking about what it's like to having a newborn to the loneliness that can sometimes accompany parenting, here are 16 of Prince William and Kate Middleton's quotes about parenting. George and Charlotte are lucky little royals. 

  • Kate on Postpartum

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    In April of 2017, during a meeting with women at the Global Academy, Kate got candid about how she felt after giving birth to George. "It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated. But actually so many other mothers are going through what you are going through, but it’s being brave enough to actually reach out."


  • William on Talking About One's Feelings

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    During an interview with CALMzine, the duke revealed that he and Kate are getting rid of the "stiff upper lip" tradition in their home. 

    "Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings," he said. "Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a clear and emotionally articulate way, something most adults would struggle with."

  • Kate on Becoming a Mother

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    At the launch of a series of educational films from Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, Kate said, “Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”

    Hear that, mamas? She may always be wearing her famous Kate Middleton smile, but the duchess gets lonely, too!

  • Kate on Encouraging Children to Speak Up

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    Something that's obviously really important to the duke and duchess is having their children communicate with them. “We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older," Kate wrote in the Huffington Post. "We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”


  • Kate on the Importance of Being Kind

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    During a 2017 visit to Mitchell Brook Primary School, the duchess said, "My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life. That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up. In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”

  • William on Prince George's Impressive Lung Capacity

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    While on tour in New Zealand in 2014, Prince William joked to his governor's residence hosts, "I hope that George doesn’t keep you up. He has been known to be particularly vocal at 3 am. I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning."

  • Kate on Why She Cares About the Mental Health of Children

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    "People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people," Kate said at the Place2Be Big Assembly for Children’s Mental Health Week. "The answer is quite simple -- it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life."


  • William on Having Two Children

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    After the birth of Princess Charlotte, Prince William gushed to the BBC on what it was like having two kids. "It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven," he said. "But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He's a little monkey." The Prince also added, "It is fantastic having a lovely little family, and I am so thrilled."

  • Kate on the Importance of Listening to Children

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    At the Place2Be Headteacher Conference, Kate stressed the importance of listening to our children. “Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved -- we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation," she said. 


  • Kate on the Major Challenge of Motherhood

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    "Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience," the duchess said at the Best Beginnings film screening. "However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not."


  • William on Bath Time With Prince George

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    "At the moment bath time is quite painful, but hopefully donning a snorkel and mask might calm him down,” joked William in 2014 when he was named the new president of the British Sub-Aqua Club.

  • William on Prince George's Cheekiness

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    "He’s a little bit of a rascal,” William told ABC News a few months after George was born. "He’s a little fighter. He wriggles around quite a lot, which is a little bit of a problem."


  • William on Charlotte's Teenage Years

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    When Princess Charlotte was just 9 months old, Prince William already revealed that he wasn't looking forward to her teenage years. "[She is] very sweet, but all fathers say, ‘Just you wait, when you get to 9, 10, 11, they go crazy. I’m looking forward to it, there will be some drama!"


  • Kate on 'Winging It' When It Comes to Parenting

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    "There is no rule book, no right or wrong -- you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family," Kate said during a speech at London's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  • William's Parenting Trick

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    After Prince George received a set of Christmas bells from schoolchildren when he was just 16 months old, William was ecstatic, as they'd be incredibly useful. "We'll put these in his pockets Then we'll know where he is in the house!"

  • William on Becoming a Dad

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    During a 2016 interview, Prince William got emotional, talking about how having kids has changed him. "I’m a lot more emotional than I used to be, weirdly. I never used to get too wound up or worried about things. But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father," he revealed.


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