The Duchess of Cambridge gives a certain image to the public. She is sophisticated, always poised and always ready for the camera. But behind that facade, the family dynamic is a bit more complicated, especially when it comes to the side of Kate that her father Michael sees.
Growing up, Kate always supported the fact that her mother and father taught her honesty, respect and kindness, which are the same values she passes on to her children, Charlotte and George. Although Catherine’s father did not grow up as royalty, he played an essential role in her life. Her close relationship with her father dates back to the days when she was a commoner and long before she belonged to the British monarchy.
Michael moved Kate and the family to Jordan when she was a child
Before she became the Duchess of Cambridge, she was just a sweet child. She spent much of her childhood in Amman, Jordan, when her father moved there to work for British Airways. They lived there from the time Kate was two to five years old, and she has fond memories of her life in the country.
Michael has always been a hands-on father
Some dads let moms do the parenting, but that wasn’t the case with Princess Catherine’s dad. She once wrote an IG post in honor of the #ShapingUS campaign for The Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood with an image of herself as a baby with her father.
Kate loves celebrating her dad on Instagram
Instead of just sending a Father’s Day card, Kate took to social media to celebrate her father. She posted a never-before-seen photo of herself as a child with her father sitting on his lap. In the image, she rocked pigtail braids and a button-down shirt, looking as happy as can be. Anyone looking at the photo can tell how strong their relationship was and continues to be.
Middleton and Michael influenced the relationship of Kate herself
Kate’s husband, William, has a close relationship with his father-in-law, Michael. The support means a lot to William, who never had a close relationship with his own father. Whenever he attended dinner with the Middletons, the prince often stayed late and had long conversations with Michael, who was warmer than many of the hard-nosed royals. William was always impressed by the way Michael and Carol raised their children and used them as role models in raising his own children.
Michael walked Kate down the aisle at her wedding
It’s every daughter’s dream to have her father walk her down the aisle, and it was a particularly touching moment when Michael walked Kate down the aisle, marking her entry into the world of royalty. Holding hands and full of love, the two approached the High Alter where William playfully whispered, “Just a quiet family wedding then.”
2021 Wimbledon father-daughter reunion
Catherine has always been a fan of tennis, and so is her father. At Wimbledon in 2021, she was accompanied by her father in the Gentleman’s Wheelchair Singles between Joachim Gerrard and Gordon Reid. The two even starred together in “The Wave” and were all smiles. The Middleton family has always loved tennis and watched Wimbledon throughout Kate’s childhood.
Michael took the first official photos of Prince George
Michael’s relationship with his beloved grandson began the day after Prince George was born. Since leaving hospital, George has been followed by paparazzi, but he found a moment of peace at Michael and Carol’s house in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Michael Middleton did not hire a professional photographer, but instead took on the photo shoot himself.
Michael Middleton is a down-to-earth father
One of the reasons Prince William admires and looks up to his father-in-law so much is their grounded perspective. The Middletons are extremely tight-knit and have a very caring attitude towards their children, along with prioritizing a sense of ‘normal’, even though the members now have royal responsibilities. The Middletons are still very involved with their grandchildren and expect both Kate and William to take on regular duties around the house.
Michael and his wife are included in the royal bosom
Despite providing a much-needed down-to-earth perspective to the prince and princess, Michael and his wife blended seamlessly with the royals and often appeared at royal events such as the coronation of King Charles III and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Kate has never given up ties to her own family, as many have done after marrying into the royal family, showing how close their bond is and how committed Prince William is to maintaining that bond.