Queen’s first meeting with Carole Middleton discussed by experts
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in April 2011 and will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year. The royal couple met while studying at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland between 2001 and 2005.
Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton are said to have been a huge support to William.
The future king is believed to enjoy spending time with them as it brings a sense of normality.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl described the Middleton’s as the Cambridge’s “anchor”.
She told OK! magazine: “It’s a real sense of normality amid any chaos.
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“William has always loved spending time with all the Middletons as it’s his escapism.
“He’s close to Carole and Michael and always insisted the royal family treat them well, which the Queen has done.
“She welcomed them with open arms.”
Royal commentators have also noted how the Duke helped the Middleton’s adjust to royal life.
Speaking to Channel 5’s documentary ‘When the Middletons Met the Monarchy’, Ms Nicholl said: “William sat down with them, explained to them how things could change.
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“He made sure that he was there for them.
“Carole had William’s number in her phone, as did Michael, so that they could call him if they needed him.”
Anjula Mutanda, a relationship psychologist, also explained to the programme how “outsiders” of the Firm tend to struggle to integrate into the family.
But she highlighted how the Middletons managed to adapt well to being under the royal spotlight.
She said: “Outsiders have struggled to do well when they enter the Royal Family.
“When you look at how the Middletons are doing they appear to have understood their role and almost done it by the book.”
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