Carole Middleton, for the first time ever, has opened up about her parenting style.
Speaking to The Telegraph for an in-depth interview, the mother of the Duchess of Cambridge said: “This might surprise you, but I think one of the most important qualities of a good parent is discipline."
“That doesn’t mean you’re strict, but routine is vital,” she says. “Maybe structure is a nicer word. You can’t suddenly start teaching them about politeness at 13. You have to do it from the start.”
Besides having three children of her own, including Kate, Pippa and James, she is also a grandmother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Pippa and James Matthew's son Arthur.
Speaking to the newspaper to mark the 30th anniversary of her successful business, Party Pieces, the typically tight-lipped entrepreneur, 63, also touched on a wide range of personal details.
Carole said, “I’m definitely hands-on. I don’t find it complicated. My biggest fear [as her children grew up] was that I’d lose my family, but we’ve stayed close.
"There are times when they say, ‘Can you do this, or that?’ And I can’t quite.
"But they like the fact that I work. I have two lovely sons-in-law (Prince William and Pippa’s husband, James Matthews), and I hope I’ll have a lovely daughter-in-law.”
Carole also shared with The Telegraph that she likes to have as many trees as possible in her home.
Explaining her reasoning, Carole shared it’s “so that the grandchildren can decorate it themselves.”