PRINCE William and Kate Middleton have been leaning on stabilising force Carole Middleton since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the royal family.
The Duchess of Cambridges mum, 65, is said to be the true power behind the throne with immense influence over her daughter and son-in-law, according to a royal expert.
Kate Middleton’s mum Carole is said to be the ‘power behind the throne’ according to royal expert Phil Dampier
Royal author Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital: Carole is a very strong woman who comes from quite a humble background, and the fact that she has worked herself up with a successful business has given her a backbone of steel.
Kate turns to her for advice and comfort all the time and she spends a lot of time with William and Kates three children.
Now that Harry and Meghan have in effect left the royal family, there is a lot more pressure on William and Kate.
Carole will be a stabilising and supportive force in the background, looking after the kids when needs be but also just being there for them.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be leaning on Carole following Megxit taking place
Carole is said to be like a second mum to Prince William
The Cambridges have been working flat out since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal duties
“Carole is very much a power behind the throne and her influence is immense.”
A source close to the family claimed that the former BA air hostess Carole has been a substitute mother figure for Prince William, 37, who lost his own mum in 1997 when he was just 15-years-old.
They said: Williams in-laws have become like second parents and Carole is almost a Diana-Type mum.
Harry has missed out by not having that influence and someone he can turn to in this country and now seems dependent on Meghan.”
Prince William was spotted joining them on a family ski holiday in Sweden in 2012
Carole is said to have an ‘immense influence’ over Prince William and Kate
Kate did four engagements last week following the Sussexes’ departure
The source added that Kate and Prince William have made quite a few visits to see the Middletons in Berkshire and Carole has spent a lot of time at Anmer Hall with the couple, following the Sussexes leaving the family.
They added: William has been leaning on Carole and Michael a lot during Megxit.
Understandably William and Kate have been very upset by what has happened.
Not only has William lost his brother as a working member of the family but he and Kate now have a much greater burden.
Being able to talk to Carole and share his feelings has been a great help.
Royal expert Phil said of Prince Williams bond with Carole and Michael Middleton, who run the event supplies company Party Pieces, that they have provided a middle class down to earth haven for him, and help to keep him grounded.
Kate is said to turn to Carole for ‘advice and comfort all the time’, and frequently sees her
Carole is said to be a doting grandmother and particularly close to George, six
NBC’s royal correspondent Ashley Pearson claimed that Carole played a maternal role in Wills’ life during the early days of his romance with Kate and would lie on the sofa with his head on her lap when visiting the family home.
Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they are stepping back from duties and splitting their time between the UK and Canada, the spotlight has been on the Cambridges to hold the fort.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has stepped up to the plate working non-stop in their absence, and did four engagements last week.
Phil added: There will be stressful times ahead and Kate and William will need the support of Carole and Michael more than ever.
Speaking of Middleton parents close relationship with the Cambridges, Phil said: Carole is very much the doting grandmother and George in particular is very close to her.
She would often take him out when he was younger, just the two of them, walking in woods or to the beach.
She took him to nursery school in Norfolk and helped to give him and his siblings the most normal possible upbringing.
Phil said Kate and William will need the support of Carole and Michael more than ever with the recent shift in the royal family