‘I’m Definitely Not Strict!’: Kate Middleton Speaks Out About Raising Royal Children

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Kate Middleton spoke out about her parenting style and let her fans know she doesn’t foster the same philosophy as other royal parents.

Princess Kate’s recent conversation with a royal fan revealed she’s laidback and lenient with her children, People reported Monday, citing a clip posted by Sky News in early May.

The conversation about parenting began shortly after Queen Camilla’s coronation at Buckingham Palace, when Kate admitted to Aldith Grandison, 93, that she doesn’t have the same knack with jokes and humor that Prince William does, the outlet reported.

“I’m terrible. I’m terrible at jokes,” Kate told Grandison, the video shows. In contrast, she noted William is “very good” with humor and quick wit.

“You’re the strict one,” Grandison then said, prompting Kate to reveal a glimpse at how she parents their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

“I’m definitely not strict! How can you tell that? Surely not!” Kate said.

William and Kate have tried to raise George, Charlotte and Louis with a far different approach than other royals, seeking to keep their childhoods as normal as possible while also ensuring they pay homage to their roots and understand the obligation they carry in their royal roles.

“Those children look pretty happy with life,” a “palace insider” previously told People. “A lot of it is the stabilizing normality Kate brings — and that’s how she grew up. William absolutely loves it.”

“Coming from a different background, she appreciates the importance of having family time. She wasn’t brought up in that aristocratic setting where you see the children for a short time each day,” another unnamed source told the outlet.

Kate and William routinely drive their children to school and make sure one parent is there to greet them when they return home, People reported. Kate bakes cakes for her children, and regularly plays with them outdoors.

The family plays sports together and are routinely seen bonding with their children. The source told People how different William and Kate’s parenting style is compared to the standard “nanny-dominated” world of royal parenting. (RELATED: ‘They Saved Me’: Pamela Anderson Gets Real About Parenting Mistakes)

Queen Elizabeth gave William and Kate permission to focus on their family before their “royal duties,” according to the outlet.

“Royal families over the generations haven’t had the chance to get those foundations right, but they have,” a friend said, the outlet reported.