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They may be the future king and queen of England, but as Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, prepare for the birth of their first child, the couple are determined to make a break from the past. “They want to raise the baby on their own terms,” asserts an insider in the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now. “William and Kate’s child will have a modern upbringing.”
Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana, exclusively tells Life & Style, “Don’t expect this couple to follow every aspect of royal tradition” when it comes to raising their child.
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Times have changed since Princess Diana raised William and Harry, but she “did everything possible to give them a normal, down-to-earth childhood — but had to fight their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, every step of the way,” Paul explains in the mag.
It looks like Kate will do her best to shadow Princess Diana’s parenting. “Diana’s independent approach to parenting will be the foundation for the way in which Kate and William will bring up their children,” Paul tells Life & Style.
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Of course, some traditions can’t be broken: William's and Kate’s baby will be raised in Kensington Palace, surrounded by security and taught to bow or curtsy from the day they can walk.
But William “is painfully aware of what it’s like to grow up with the burden of being the future monarch hanging over your head,” an insider reveals. “Your whole life is mapped out for you. They want their child to have as normal a childhood as they can manage.”
For more, pick up this week’s issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!