Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is 'no pushover' as she juggles working life as a senior royal and raising three children with Prince William, a source has claimed.
The couple are hands-on with the kids, including school runs and busy family life while they still complete royal visits and working with charities close to their hearts.
Whether in Norfolk or the family's London residence at Kensington Palace, Kate is 'very chilled at home', a friend has told People.
“It’s a normal, busy family home with kids running around and knocking things over. There’s no airs and graces,” they said.
At the same time, the friend adds: “When you see her behind closed doors with the children, she’s a very confident mom, and she’s no pushover. The children get told off if they act up.”
The perfectly coordinated Duchess we're used to seeing in photographs is more relatable day-to-day, it's claimed.
"There are no blow-dries—it’s always hair up in a ponytail,” says the friend.
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“She’s either in her gym clothes, or a dress and sneakers, very little makeup, apologizing as she’s late for the school run before dashing off. It’s the life of a working mom with three young children—just a different sort of day job to most.”
Kate's priority is making her children, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louise, 2, have a normal upbringing as possible.
“She is doing that to help her children be more grounded and keep their reality in check,” says a source. “That’s what really matters to her.”
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It's claimed that Kate takes the kids out on days out, like painting pottery and picking up sweets, as well as William and the Duchess having date nights at the local pubs.
The couple, who will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in April, have evolved from newlyweds to parents in front of the world.
“They were talking about home life and the children—just like any other parents on a night out,” says a local.
“You were just struck by what a normal lovely couple they are.”
“She’s not scared to share experiences she’s had in her own life in raising her three children,” says Cat Ross, CEO of Baby Basics, where Kate volunteered over the summer.
Adds the source close to the royal household: “Kate is living the life that she talks about. She’s at the center of her family and then she’s dealing with the other things afterward.”
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