Take a page from her book. As Duchess KateAs children grow older, the king’s upbringing appears to have been influenced by the late Princess Diana, expert on royal etiquette Myka Meier exclusively to Us Weekly.
“I think what [Kate] has probably learned, in a sense, how to keep her quiet. For example, there is Princess Diana [was] so much stress and so much pressure all the time. And I think we’re seeing the Duchess of Cambridge follow the same path to keep her quiet, albeit perhaps behind closed doors [she] doesn’t feel like it,” said Meier Us on Wednesday, July 6 while promoting her partnership with PayPal. “But [Kate] does an excellent job of never revealing anything but kindness. I think she certainly got that from Princess Diana’s book.”
The late king who shared Prince William and Prince Harry with ex husband Prince Charles, died at the age of 36 following a car accident in Paris. At the time of her death in 1997, William was 15 and Harry was 12.
The Duke of Cambridge, 40, married Kate, 40, in 2011. They share Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4. The Duke of Sussex, 37, also exchanged vows Megan Markle in 2018. The couple, who previously stepped down from senior positions in the royal family, share son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 13 months.
When speaking to UsMeier pointed out that part of Kate’s successful approach to parenting is not taking her children to etiquette training.
“It is actually said and known that the children do not go through any actual etiquette training. The Duchess of Cambridge actually teaches them herself,” Meier said Us. “The way it works internally is when they’re getting ready to meet someone or get off a plane, then the Duchess has really done a wonderful job teaching the kids.”
The founder of Beaumont Etiquette continued: “[She is] say, ‘Now we’re going to meet this person. That’s what you do. That’s how you curtsy.’ And what I love is that there’s no pressure to be something they’re not. These are just beautiful little kids and they show respect and do it in the best way, like the Duchess and Duke [of Cambridge] have known to really teach them.”
According to Meier, the best example of this is the way Kate reacted to her children’s behavior at the Platinum Jubilee. Over the past month, Louis has made headlines for his reactions to various appearances at the party Queen Elizabeth the second70 years on the throne.
“I thought she did so well. Any parent or person who has a young child in their life knows how difficult it can be. She stayed cool and that made her more approachable and loveable than ever,” the author added. “She treated him. She corrected him but still didn’t cover his mouth. She hasn’t done anything to attract attention. She really handled it so graciously and like a pro.”
Meier, who was trained in Her Majesty The Queen’s royal household, is now using her experience in royal etiquette to work with PayPal. The partnership offers advice on various financial scenarios others may be facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wanted to work with PayPal because we wanted to share tips on how to navigate some of these tough situations. These new challenging money situations that we encounter from a birthday party to a barbecue could be all these different things,” the Florida native explained. “There are so many questions. So we said, ‘Let’s get together and answer these questions and make it easy for people. [Let’s] Eliminate the awkwardness of talking, sending, and requesting money that PayPal now makes so easy.”
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi