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Concerned’ Kate to snub George and Charlotte’s Christmas list to focus on ‘practical’ toys

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to be very concerned about Prince George and Princess Charlotte becoming too reliant on technological gadgets to entertain themselves. The Duchess is known to be a great lover of the outdoor and has been instilling such passion into all three of her children from a very early age. Royal expert Katie Nicholl suggested Kate and William are “thinking more carefully” about the toys their eldest children receive at Christmas and might opt to ignore specific requests for gadgets.

Speaking to OK!, Ms Nicholls said: “George enjoys his iPad at school, both he and Charlotte are quite tech-savvy and, like most children, there probably are technical gadgets and such like on their wish list.

“If it is something that happens to be a computer game or something like that then they are cautious of screen time so it could be a more practical gift.”

The Duchess has been a pretty hands-on parent from the start, drawing from the example she received from her parents, Michael and Carol Middleton.

During the first lockdown, when the Cambridges holed up in their country pile at Anmer Hall, Kate revealed she made sure George, Charlotte and Prince Louis all had time outside to explore and get fresh air.

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Ms Nicholl added: “They’ve got climbing frames, swings, and a pond.

“And each to the children are in charge of their own little patch of the kitchen garden.”

Princess Diana’s parenting approach is also known to have played a pivotal part in how Prince William and Kate raise their children.

The Duke and Duchess are reportedly keen to give George, Charlotte, and Louis as “normal” as childhood as possible.

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An insider close to the couple told The Sun: “She and William don’t want them to live in a gilded bubble.

“They want them to grow up having the same experiences as other kids.”

They added: “Kate is mindful of how much William loved his mother.

“She was very unstuffy and wanted William and Harry to fit in with their school friends and experience normality. That’s the baton she handed to Kate.”

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And the hands-on approach the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have allegedly “shocked” the Queen when she first visited the family’s home in Norfolk.

The couple lived at Anmer Hall full-time between 2015 and 2017, and only moved to Kensington Palace ahead of Prince George starting school at Thomas’s School in Battersea.

But when Her Majesty popped in to visit the couple and their two eldest she was said to be bemused at how much time the four spent together in the kitchen.

Speaking to Express.co.uk in 2018, a source said: “When the Queen visited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Anmer Hall for the first time, she couldn’t get her head around the fact that the kitchen is the main base for them.

“For the Queen, she can’t stand that, because she is used to having a set room for that sort of thing.”

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