Parenting in public isn’t always easy, especially during those memorable toddler years—and when you’re a royal, the whole world could literally be watching when that meltdown strikes. Prince William’s parenting style has often been noted for making those challenging moments look like a cake walk—and he has his own mom, Princess Diana, to thank for it.
Prince William just became a father for the third time and while his late mother has never met her grandkids, it’s clear that Princess Diana influenced Prince William’s parenting. If you’ve seen any photos of Prince William with his kids, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of him holding their hands and crouching down to speak with young George and Charlotte at their own level. (This is a tactic both Prince William and the Duchess Kate employ quite often.)
In fact, the Prince was even scolded by The Queen at Trooping the Colour in June over this very parenting tactic of coming down to his kids’ level.
But before Prince William broke with unofficial royal etiquette to parent his kids, it was Princess Diana who first used the simple trick to engage her boys and help them feel more comfortable at big events when they were young.
In an HBO documentary, the Prince explained that he often shares stories with the kids about their grandma and that their home at Kensington Palace is filled with photos of her.
“[William] can do all the things that he thinks are important for family life and make sure that his children have that loving, caring, fun home that his mother was trying to create,” a royal source told People magazine.
Featured photo: Kensington Royal via Instagram