According to experts who were interviewed for a new documentary, Kate Middleton‘s family will have more impact on their grandchildren than the royal family.
According to royal expert Tom Quinn, the royal family is “too formal” and “stuck in its ways,” making it likely that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be more influenced by their grandparents on their mother’s side.
Tom Quinn and royal expert Jennie Bond said they expect the royal children — including 7-year-old Prince George who is set to be the future King — to spend more time with Carole and Michael Middleton than with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Tom Quinn said: “I suspect everyone thinks that in terms of the children, the royal family will inevitably have the most influence, but that is entirely wrong. It will be the Middletons that have the influence because the royal family is too formal. It’s stuck in its ways.”
Jennie Bond added: “I suppose there is a little tension at times between who gets to see the grandkids the most. Kate will always turn to Carole for help, advice, guidance, and just get together and romping around with the kids – possibly before she would get together with Camilla and Charles.”
In a new documentary, When the Middletons Met the Monarchy, that aired for the first time on Saturday, Jennie Bond said that Kate Middleton will go to her mother, Carole, for guidance and advice rather than the royal family.
She also spoke about the “tension” in the family, while Tom Quinn added that Prince Charles was “shocked and saddened” to hear the Cambridges had moved to Norfolk, which is at least 200 miles from Gloucester, where he currently resides. Prince Charles felt like they were leaving him “out in the cold.”
However, Prince William has always been clear that his in-laws are “very important” to him and Kate Middleton and are seen as “his other family.”
Richard Kay also stated: “Prince William has said, “Look, I am not always going to be available for the royal family, I have another family and that is Mike and Carole Middleton and that is very important to me and Kate and my children”‘
Carole and Michael Middleton were married in 1980, after meeting while both were working with British Airways.
They found success with their grassroots business — Party Pieces — founded in 1987, and share three children together: Kate, Pippa, and James.
The success of their business meant they could pay for Kate to attend a private college and support her when she earned a place at St Andrew’s University — the move that led to marrying Prince William and becoming a future Queen.