‘Natural mum’ Kate is just like Diana – but she’s taken her role one step further

The Princess of Wales is highly regarded for her interests in physical wellbeing, children's development and mental health. And, as a result, she has already made a name for herself for her impressive work in the field of Early Childhood.

Catherine launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in June last year and set up the successful 'Big 5' survey which helped us to learn about the first five years of a child's life.

This work, one royal expert feels, has allowed the Princess to flourish as she calls her a "very natural mother", noting that her approach to raising Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis is very similar to the way Diana, Princess of Wales brought Princes William and Harry up.

Speaking to OK!, former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond said: “Catherine is a very natural mother, I think she's quite like Diana in that way – very nurturing, very loving, very thoughtful.

"But I think that she has taken it one step further as she is broadcasting her message, through her view of the importance of early years and the importance of bringing children up.

"She's not only applying it to her own children, but she's encouraging society at large to think hard about how to bring up your children. She's showing herself to be an excellent mother in quite difficult circumstances.”

This year she pushed her work even further and set up 'Shaping Us', an awareness campaign dedicated to spotlighting the importance of early childhood.

As well as this, the Princess has also spent the last 10 years examining how social challenges such as addiction, mental health and homelessness shape someone as they grow up.

Speaking about the Princess's work, Jennie added: "The whole ethos of early development is something that a lot of young mothers around the country are taking on and learning alongside Catherine and it is really quite a radical new way of parenting.

"It is an idea built on mutual respect, understanding, patience and allowing the child to lead the way and very often is about exploring the child's own feelings, confusions and anguish."

Jennie continued: "It is about letting them express those emotions and and sitting down to discuss them with the child, rather than ignoring the turmoil that growing up so often involves.

"It is fantastic and I believe Catherine will very much be the leader in this and William will be the follower, he will have been learning from Catherine how to be a different kind of parent."

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