EXCLUSIVE: How Kate Middleton’s family will act as ‘safety blanket’ for kids as William is pillar of support

Kate, Princess of Wales, is undergoing preventative chemotherapy after her cancer diagnosis and so the Middleton family is rallying around to help support her and Prince William

The Princess of Wales’s family has put a “safety blanket” over George, Charlotte and Louis, and offered “adopted son” William the “antidote” of sanctuary.

Carole and Michael Middleton, Kate’s parents, have already rallied round to help their daughter’s family, as it is believed they knew of the cancer diagnosis when Kate found out in January.

Although Carole, 69, is “desperately upset”, a royal expert says she and husband Michael, 74, have prioritised their little grandchildren; Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and five-year-old Prince Louis. Carole’s clan was described as “quite an ordinary family unit”; something which it is said will benefit the kids and William during Kate’s cancer journey.

Royal commentator and biographer Duncan Larcombe told the Mirror: “I think Carole and Michael will be supporting the family a lot. I think they were made aware of [the cancer] when Kate was made aware of it, and have played an important part in supporting the family since.

“They’ll have rallied around her, especially her young family. Carole and Michael will have essentially thrown a safety blanket around the young children to help protect them. In times like this for Kate, it is hugely important. It is crucial the children are looked after carefully.

“William is very much like the adopted son to Carole and Michael Middleton – and he always has been. One of the things that has clearly strengthened William and Kate’s relationship from the beginning was the fact that Kate came from a very tight-knit family. It is something that he has kind of lacked in his life, obviously losing his mother. So it is only natural [Carole and Michael] will step into the breach and support [the Waleses] throughout this in every way. The Middletons are the perfect antidote really to the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Family, because they are quite an ordinary family unit, which will be important to help aid Kate’s recovery. I think what we will see now over the next coming weeks and months is William really focusing on the Middleton family and really being that adopted son.”

The Middletons have rallied round to help Kate and William's kids

The Middletons have rallied round to help Kate and William’s children

Royal expert Jennie Bond has urged the public to extend its sympathies to Carole, who has had to watch on while frenzied conspiracy theorists scribe cruel claims about her daughter online, all while knowing the reality of Kate’s condition.

And Mr Larcombe believes it was due to the trolls that Kate felt she must record her poignant video message on Wednesday and release it to the world on Friday. Support, however, has been “incredibly positive” since the cancer bombshell emerged, Mr Larcombe added.

“It’s out there, so there’s nothing to hide now. What we have seen since Friday is the incredible public support for Kate, so I don’t think the Royal Family will feel under pressure to do many engagements at the moment. Engagements might be reduced because the reaction to what has been released is one of pure support, so I think the public will understand if they don’t see their senior royals for several weeks or months,” the royal expert continued.

It is said William, managing after his dad and wife were diagnosed with cancer, will benefit from the support of the Middletons
It is said William, managing after his dad and wife were diagnosed with cancer, will benefit from the support of the Middletons 

“I think Kate wouldn’t have [recorded the video] had it not been for all the trolls and the conspiracy theories. I think her hand was sort of forced. I think the Royal Family has to explain these things now when it comes to something as serious as this. So I think the video was a reluctant thing, but I think she has been incredibly brave and had to do it, and grit her teeth and make that public statement. The Mother’s Day photo fuelled the flames of the conspiracy theorists so the hand was very much forced there.

“Like any mother in this position, I’m sure Carole has obviously been very sad about her daughter and still will be. She will, no doubt, continue to support Kate’s family in any way that is needed now.”

Carole is described as being “indispensable” and is playing a “crucial” role in caring for her grandchildren. The former British Airways flight attendant will continue to provide hands-on support to Kate and William, it is believed. William, too, is now expected to put his family first and won’t attend any royal engagements until after Easter. He has had to deal with his father’s cancer diagnosis and Kate’s own one in the same month.

Carole Middleton and daughter Kate are pictured in 2017 at Royal Ascot

Carole Middleton and daughter Kate are pictured in 2017 at Royal Ascot 
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Carole's experience has been 'desperately upsetting'
Carole’s experience has been ‘desperately upsetting’ 
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Mr Larcombe continued: “We’ve seen evidence of William cancelling royal engagements. His father has cancer and now his wife has it so it is a very awful situation to find himself in. His priority is, now that the news is out there, will be to support his family and I think we will probably see public opinion remain understanding towards William if he was to cancel further engagements. His priority is his wife and family. So in a way, Kate has helped free William of this obligation ‘to keep calm and carry on’ and now he can support his wife.

“I think it is a fair thing to say that after Friday’s video, we aren’t going to see Kate publicly until doctors give her the all-clear, which could be weeks or months. It certainly puts pay to the idea that it’ll be just after Easter.”

Meanwhile, it’s also been claimed that William will provide never-ending support for his wife throughout her cancer journey. He’ll be a crucial pillar of support for the Princess, and will also be filling in with household duties until Kate returns to action, according to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.

He told the Mirror: “They will indeed be afforded the time, space and privacy she asked for, though the internet is a law of its own. There will be enormous popular support for them. William, who lost his mother when he was fifteen, will undoubtedly be helpful in any way he can, notably in taking George, Charlotte and Louis to school and fitting royal duties in, depending on what his family needs.

“Obviously preventative chemotherapy will be extremely difficult and stressful for her and William, who has always put his family first, will try and balance his time with her, with their children and with royal engagements.”

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