British Commentator Thinks Kate Middleton Could Have Fourth Kid To Get Out Of Royal Duties

As the future queen consort, it's unlikely Kate will ever have the ability to opt out of royal life.
With everything that has transpired around the world in the last few months, it's easy to have overlooked bits and pieces of news about famous people and royals we all care about. In March, a particularly fascinating bit of journalism was published that didn't really make waves. Well, friends, the time has come. Royal commentator Phil Dampier has thoughts about the Duchess of Cambridge, and he's not afraid to share them.

Phil believes that Kate could well opt to leave royal life behind and have a fourth child instead. If you're a little puzzled, it's understandable. As the future queen consort, it's unlikely Kate will ever have the ability to opt out of royal life. And as we all saw back in January, there can be huge consequences for doing so.

Nevertheless, Phil is pretty convinced. As he told Fabulous Digital, "It wouldn't surprise me if they have a fourth child. Not only does [Kate] love family life in Norfolk, to be honest it gives her an excuse to not be at the forefront of royal duties for a bit longer, which I don't think she enjoys."
British Commentator Thinks Kate Middleton Could Have Fourth Kid To Get Out Of Royal Duties

He went on to add, "I think Kate's been interacting with the public and doing very well recently, but from what I'm told, she'd rather be at home with the children."
The idea that Kate would prefer to be with her three children instead of out at royal events is hardly news to anyone who follows the duchess, as she's been happy to talk about raising her kids for years now.

Parenting expert Martina Mercer supports Kate's "modern" take on raising children. "Kate's parenting style can easily be described as modern. Alongside her own values, she's obviously researched the best ways to bring up children in today's society. She's a mother we can all relate to as she simply wants to bring up children who are respectful, well mannered, but above all, happy and loved."

Martina has also noted that unlike royal mothers before her (no names!), Kate has played an active role in raising her kids, and she intends to continue to. "Even though she has an army of helpers who would happily take care of the children full-time for her, she forgoes this regularly in order to be an integral part of the children's upbringing."

Kate also recently chatted about parenting on the podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby. She praised her grandmother, citing her as a parenting inspiration. "I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us — playing with us, doing arts and crafts, and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us — and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now."

Kate has also been researching family life for the last eight years as part of her royal duties, and she commented on what she's learned. "I think there's a few things that really stand out for me. One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood."

"There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment. As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it's something I'm really passionate about. I think it's so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It's such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of 'I've got to cook' and 'I've got to do this.' And actually, it's so simple."

Kate also used her interview as an opportunity to discuss her "5 Big Questions on the Under Fives" survey about parenting. "I think ultimately if you look at who's caring and looking after and nurturing children in the most vital period, from pregnancy all the way to the age of five, you know parents and carers are right at the heart of that, and families are right at the heart of that, and although I've spoken to the scientists and the service providers, it's so important to listen to families."

With all that in mind, it's definitely easy to see that Kate is a devoted mother and that she also seems to genuinely enjoy the role. It's also easy to imagine her in another situation, where she doesn't have the Crown looming in her future. But Kate married Prince William knowing full well what his future would be, and it's hard to imagine a world in which she could "step back" from royal duties like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did.

The same palace insider noted that Kate and William have often not demonstrated the same interest in royal events as their older relatives. "The Cambridges are the reluctant royals. They would much rather be at home with the children but so would most British parents. Unfortunately, ordinary people don't get the choice."

There have also been claims that Kate is "work shy" throughout her time in the royal family. She didn't have a full-time job prior to marrying William, and she was heavily criticized for it. While she did eventually get a part-time job, she never really committed to the idea of being a career woman while dating William.

Kate also took a full six months off royal duties following the birth of Prince George. However, despite claims that she doesn't particularly enjoy working, official sources have said that "Kate is extremely passionate about the work the [Royal] Foundation does and she has ideas and plans for how she believes it can be used to help some of the causes which she is particularly passionate about."