Kate Middleton ‘doesn’t rock the boat’ over royal protocol, new book claims

The Princess of Wales wants to be involved in her children’s day-to-day lives – but ‘wouldn’t dream of taking them to McDonald’s’ and ‘doesn’t rock the boat’ over royal protocol like Princess Diana, a new book has claimed.

In one of its chapters, Gilded Youth, by royal author Tom Quinn, explores Kate’s parenting style – insisting she is happy for her children, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, to have the ‘luxuries and privileges of a royal upbringing’.

He adds: ‘Kate makes no effort – unlike Diana – to bring the children down to earth, because she doesn’t want them to have a “normal” childhood in the sense that Diana wanted it for William and Harry.’

The author claims the princess feels her late mother-in-law’s modern style created issues, ‘most especially with Harry’ by seemingly adding to his ‘dissatisfaction with his royal role’.

The book also quotes a former member of the palace staff, who said: ‘Diana enjoyed slumming it and was in many ways downwardly mobile – she wanted to escape her aristocratic childhood.

The Princess of Wales (pictured today) wants to be involved in her children's day-to-day lives - but 'wouldn't dream of taking them to McDonald's' and 'doesn¿t rock the boat' over royal protocol like Princess Diana, a new book has claimed

The Princess of Wales (pictured today) wants to be involved in her children’s day-to-day lives – but ‘wouldn’t dream of taking them to McDonald’s’ and ‘doesn’t rock the boat’ over royal protocol like Princess Diana, a new book has claimed

‘Kate wants to escape her middle-class childhood. She dislikes burgers and chips and wouldn’t dream of taking her children to McDonald’s, and she doesn’t rock the boat when the vast weight of traditional royal pursuits bears down on her children.’

However, the author insists that Kate wants to be involved in her children’s day-to-day lives.

In 2019, a former Royal Family aide revealed how Diana regularly treated Princes William and Harry to McDonald’s in a deliberate effort to give her sons a ‘normal’ upbringing.

Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, recalled that each Saturday the Princes would wolf down a Big Mac and chips slumped in front of a trash TV show.

And a Kensington Palace kitchen chef said that, despite having a team of top chefs at their disposal, William and Harry would regularly seek out fast-food diners.

‘I remember the Princess came into the kitchen one day and said “cancel lunch for the boys I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s,”‘ Darren McGrady told Marie Claire magazine.

‘And I said, “Oh my god your royal highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.” And she said, “No, it’s the toy they want.”

‘Yeah, the boys loved McDonald’s, and going out to pizza, and having potato skins—sort of the American foods. They were royal princes but had children’s palates.’

In one of its chapters, Gilded Youth, by royal author Tom Quinn, explores Kate's (pictured with her family) parenting style - insisting she is happy for her children, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, to have the 'luxuries and privileges of a royal upbringing'

In one of its chapters, Gilded Youth, by royal author Tom Quinn, explores Kate’s (pictured with her family) parenting style – insisting she is happy for her children, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, to have the ‘luxuries and privileges of a royal upbringing’

Princess Diana rides the log flumes at Thorpe Park in 1993 with her sons Harry (middle) and William. The Princess was keen to give her sons a 'normal' childhood

Princess Diana rides the log flumes at Thorpe Park in 1993 with her sons Harry (middle) and William. The Princess was keen to give her sons a ‘normal’ childhood

Mr McGrady’s account of the Princes’ appetite for junk food is supported by Mr Burrell’s stories about their youth.

He told the Mirror: ‘The three of them would nip to McDonald’s for burger and fries before coming back to watch Blind Date.

‘All three of them would squat on this massive, stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in her sitting room.’

Before her tragic death in 1997, Diana was widely praised for being a hands-on mother to the Princes.

Gilded Youth by Tom Quinn, published by Biteback, price: £15 

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