‘William’s public affection for Charlotte is Diana’s legacy’, says Royal expert

Princess Charlotte stole the show during a rare outing alongside her parentsPrince William andKate Middleton earlier this week.

Asshe joined her doting mum and dad while on a visit to the Commonwealth Games, seven year old Charlotte could be seen showing off her cheeky side bysticking her tongue out as she cheered on the competitors at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

And as she got stuck into the celebrations, Prince William could be seen laughing and joking with his daughter and at one point was pictured comforting Charlotte as they supported the athletes.

According to one royal expert, 40 year old William’s informal interactions with Charlotte are a legacy from his late motherPrincess Diana.

In an exclusive interview with OK!, Grant Harrold, a former butler to Prince Charles, William and Harry, says that the Duke of Cambridge’s parenting style is a reflection of his upbringing.

“Looking at how William interacted with Charlotte at the Commonwealth Games, you wouldn’t have really seen that with his parents. It’s something he’d have done with his mum, but less so with his father. It wasn’t what the royals did,” he says.

“The fact that he’s more than happy to interact with Charlotte and show his fun side in a public place while on a royal engagement shows that he’s proving to his children that they can be fun and live a somewhat normal life despite their status.”

Grant adds that having a relatively ‘normal’ upbringing was something that Prince Charles and Diana were keen on giving their two sons, too.

“I’m sure he and Kate will have told their children that they can’t do some things, like pick their noses, because the world is watching them but at the time neither of them want to stop their kids being kids.

“When I worked with William, his parents were keen on him having a ‘normal’ upbringing so it’s clear that that’s something that is important for his own children.”

He adds: “Looking at William and Kate with their children is like looking back to William when he was a child.”

While royal fans may have seen a more affectionate side to William and Kate in recent years asthey show off their parenting skills in public, Grant admits that who William is in public is a reflection of who he is away from the spotlight.

“He is very protective but he’s also a lot of fun and is very down to earth. He’s got a good sense of humour, too. For him, family is everything,” he says.

But now that William and Kate have a family of their own, the couple have shown that they’re not entirely afraid to do things a little bit differently.

“William’s parenting is very different to the Queen and Charles’ own styles. For example, the Queen wouldn’t take Charles on royal tours,” Grant explains.

“For the Queen it was difficult because she was the Queen but William doesn’t have the same pressures on him so he can be more hands on. As he begins to step up in his role, things might change but for the time being he still has time to have his own private life.”

But away from his parenting style, Grant adds that William mirrors his mother in other ways, too, something which has allowed him to become an approachable figure.

“When Diana was alive, she and William had a very close relationship and he spent a lot of time with his mother and father,” he says.

“William would’ve seen his mother interact with people and known what a difference it makes to go up to people and give them a hug, to hold their hand or to talk to them on a one-to-one level. Whether it’s intentional or not, it’s a reflection of how he was brought up.”

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