Inside Kate Middleton's Parenting Style

2020 has been challenging for the British royal family after "Megxit" and Prince Andrew's scandal. However, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, remains a positive role model in the royal family. Despite all the drama surrounding Harry and Meghan's departure for the United States, the duchess, better known as Kate Middleton, continues to wow the world.

The duchess seems superhuman at times; living life under the media microscope is difficult, especially as a mother. Kate is honest about her attempts to balance her busy life, especially when it comes to parenting. She kept it real during an interview with the podcast "Happy Mum, Happy Baby," talking to host Giovanna Fletcher about mom guilt. The duchess spilled that she feels mom guilt "all the time" and said, "I think anyone who doesn't, as a mother, is actually lying."

Kate's honesty is one of the many reasons she's beloved by millions. Her down-to-earth approach to life translates into her role as the royal mom of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Read on to learn more about Kate's parenting style.

Kate Middleton breaks royal parenting rules

Kate Middleton is a "relaxed and regular" parent, UK parenting expert Mohammed Patel told Express in an August 2020 Express interview. Patel noted that Kate's approach to parenting breaks with traditional royal rules, saying, "In the past it would be unheard of for a royal parent to kneel down to their child at a public engagement. However, showing this kind of affection to her three children has become the norm for Kate."

Kate's affectionate style contrasts dramatically with Queen Elizabeth II, who allegedly was a distant parent. The Queen may have been "slightly aloof" with her children, according to parenting expert Sue Atkins (via Express). Atkins said the queen was a "tiger" mom with a demanding parenting style. The parenting expert told Express that Kate appears to "have a warm bond with her children." Atkins said that when her children were upset in public, Kate gets "on eye level and this behavior shows that their children are their primary focus."