Charles ‘appreciates Kate for family network she has given William’

King Charles ‘appreciates the Princess of Wales for the solid family network’ she has given to Prince William and for showing his grandchildren a ‘normal’ life, a royal expert has claimed.

The monarch – who turns 75 today – is said to be completely ‘devoted’ to his grandchildren and ‘admires’ Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s parenting approach.

Speaking to OK!, royal expert Jennie Bond opened up about Charles and Kate’s relationship and how the Princess’ ‘normal’ background is benefitting Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five.

She explained: ‘I think Charles admires and appreciates the solid family network she has created for William. 

‘The King is devoted to his grandchildren, George, Charlotte and Louis, and photographs show that he has an easy relationship with all three. I’m sure he is very proud of the way Kate is bringing them up.’

Pictured: King Charles arrives for a Christmas service at St Mary Magdalene church with the Prince and Princess of Wales in 2018

What’s more, the expert – who is the BBC’s former royal correspondent – highlighted how the Princess of Wales had to learn exactly what it means to be a member of the Royal Family.

Having grown up out of the limelight, Jennie labelled the Princess of Wales the ‘perfect person’ to help her children understand their roles in the Firm. 

She added: ‘I think Kate is key to providing a balanced upbringing for her children, but particularly for a boy born to be King. She has learned what it means to be royal – the restrictions as well as the privileges.’

At the Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace last year, Charles proved himself to be a doting grandfather when stepped in to give Kate a break from Prince Louis’ cheeky antics.

During the concert, the King was spotted with the Prince and Princess of Wales’ youngest son on his knee and pointing out things that interested the youngster.

Earlier this month, King Charles lovingly referred to Kate as his ‘beloved daughter-in-law’ during a state visit to Kenya.

While delivering a speech at a state banquet in Nairobi, King Charles recalled Prince William and Kate’s 2010 engagement in Kenya.

He said: ‘It was here, in sight of Mount Kenya, that my son, The Prince of Wales, proposed to his wife, now my beloved daughter-in-law.’ 

Pictured: King Charles and the Princess of Wales at the world premiere of the James Bond film No Time to Die in 2021

Pictured: the Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022

Prince William proposed to his then long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton in October 2010 in a log cabin while on safari at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where he had spent part of his gap year almost a decade before. 

Kate is known to have a warm relationship with her father-in-law and has reportedly helped smooth the sometimes fractious relationship between the King and his son, William. 

King Charles and Kate have also shown several public signs of their close relationship over the past few years. 

For instance, the Princess of Wales lovingly called her father-in-law by his family nickname of ‘grandpa’ when she greeted him at a G7 reception in 2021.

Meanwhile, in April 2021, the then Duchess of Cambridge shared a kiss on the cheek with her grief-stricken father-in-law as they left Prince Philip’s funeral.

Kate consoled Charles as the pair walked out of St George’s Chapel following the emotional service in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Pictured: King Charles and Prince Louis during the Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace in June 2022

Photographs show Kate comforting the then Prince of Wales over the loss of his father by putting her hand on his shoulder. She then kissed him on the cheek as they set off from the entrance of the chapel. 

Elsewhere, when greeting one another at engagements, Kate and the King will often share a friendly embrace and pecks on the cheeks. 

On top of this, Prince William is also reported to see Carole Middleton as a ‘second mum’.

Carole, the Princess of Wales’ mother, has provided a ‘real sense of normality amid any chaos’ for Prince William since he married Kate in 2011, royal biographer Angela Levin told The Sun in 2021.


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