Kate’s mother Carole Middleton reveals she lets her royal grandchildren ‘get a bit muddy’

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Kate appears to have taken her passion for the outdoors after her beloved mother. Carole opened up about the benefits of carrying out activities with her grandchildren in the garden and how she plans ahead in an interview with Saga magazine.

She said: “If I’m doing planting with my grandchildren, I like to have it all laid out at ‘activity stations’ with their own little trowel and pot so they can get started immediately.

“It’s no good calling children over to an activity, only for you then to have to fuss about looking for the right equipment and clearing a space.

“They’ll soon lose interest and slope off.”

She added: “It’s important for children to grow up appreciating nature and part of that is allowing them to get a bit muddy.” 

Carole’s views on the outdoors are surely shared by her eldest daughter Kate, who has spoken about how important it is for children’s development and wellbeing to spend time outside of the house.

Kate revealed in June 2019 she “drags” her three children George, Charlotte and Louis outside no matter the weather.

Appearing on CBBC’s Blue Peter, she said: “Rain or shine, they’re dragged outside. It’s great.

“It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – 10 or 15 minutes – makes a huge difference to ­ physical wellbeing but also to our mental wellbeing.” 

Kate, who has dedicated part of her royal work to better understanding the early years and how to support the development and wellbeing of children aged below five, appears to also like to get muddy with her sons and daughter.

During her first appearance in a podcast in early 2020, Kate spoke about spending time with her family outside of their house.

Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on the podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Kate said: “As children, we spent a lot of time outside, and it’s something I’m really passionate about.

“I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying foundations. 

“It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this.’

“And actually, it’s so simple.”

She continued: “That’s what I would want them to remember, those moments with me as a mother, but also the family going to the beach, getting soaking wet, filling our boots full of water, those are what I would want them to remember.

“Not a stressful household where you’re trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing.” 

During the podcast, Kate was also prompted to complete the sentence “I’m happy when…” which saw her replying: “I’m with my family outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty.”

During her recent interview, Kate’s mum Carole also spoke about growing vegetable in her garden, an activity she started during the lockdown.

This, she explained, also helps children to eat healthy as they can “see how food is grown and let them pick their own.”

In a BBC Christmas special aired in December 2019, Kate also spoke about growing her own vegetables and her children’s love for healthy snacks.

Speaking to Mary Berry, the Duchess said: “We’ve got carrots, beans, beetroot — a massive favourite —Louis absolutely loves beetroot.” 

Princess Charlotte, Kate added joking, “obviously” loves Charlotte Potatoes.

Carole and Michael Middleton are the proud grandparents of five children.

On top of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – who turned three on Friday – Carole and Michael also enjoy the company of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ children Arthur and Grace.

Little Grace Elizabeth Jane was born in mid-March, with a family source saying: “She’s perfect, everyone is overjoyed at such a happy arrival.”     

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