The Prince and Princess of Wales Have Adopted “the Middleton Parenting Model” and Want Their Kids to Become Their “Best Friends” One Day

When it comes to parenting, anyone can tell you that there is no “right” way to do it—but for the Prince and Princess of Wales, a way that seems to be working is what The Daily Mail is calling “the Middleton parenting model,” which includes working to ensure that their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis see them as their “best friends,” the outlet writes. (“The Middleton parenting model,” of course, is named after Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who also had three children—Kate, Pippa, and James.)

As we see more glimpses of William and Kate with the children—like on Sunday, at the Christmas Day church service at St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham—it’s evident that the couple are taking a page from the Middletons, royal expert Duncan Larcombe tells OK. While obviously George, Charlotte, and Louis’ raising will be different from Kate, Pippa, and James’—after all, the Middleton trio were not famous when they were children, and one was not the heir to the British throne—Larcombe notes the similarities between the Wales’ parenting style and that of the Middletons, particularly that the family of five is a close unit.