Princess Charlotte “Is Really Taking Care of Her Mum” As Princess Kate Continues to Receive Treatment for Cancer

“Charlotte seems to be very full of admiration for her mother.”

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In addition to famously looking after her brothers, Prince George and Prince Louis—and making sure that both are toeing the line at royal engagements, especially her younger brother—it seems that Princess Charlotte is also looking after her mother, the Princess of Wales, as she continues to receive treatment for cancer.

Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour

Charlotte was incredibly protective of her mother while at Trooping the Colour on June 15.

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Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said, per The Mirror, that Charlotte is “protective” over her mother and is “taking care” of her, Seward said: “I think that Charlotte is really taking care of her mum,” said Seward who, in addition to writing numerous royal biographies, is also editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine. Speaking specifically about the mother-daughter duo’s interaction at Trooping the Colour last month, Seward said “It was quite sweet the way she [Charlotte] stood in front of her [on the Buckingham Palace balcony] and they kept chatting. Charlotte seems to be very full of admiration for her mother, which I think is a lovely thing, too.”

Kate is famously close to her mother, Carole Middleton, and Seward added that “Kate and Charlotte are great friends and I think to Kate, their bond is very precious,” she said. “The mother-daughter relationship is obviously particularly important to Kate because she has such a close relationship with her own mother.”

Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate attend trooping the colour

Charlotte's eyes were rarely off her beloved mom, who marked her first public appearance since learning she had cancer earlier this year at Trooping the Colour.

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In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment of Charlotte looking after her mother at Trooping the Colour, as Kate and her three kids are inside the carriage, the rainy weather in London that day steamed up the windows of the carriage, “meaning they were unable to wave to the adoring crowds outside,” The Mirror writes. “Mother and daughter took to cleaning the windows so they could greet the royal fans.”

But at one point, Kate stops wiping, but “her dutiful daughter continues and cleans up the carriage’s main window for the two of them,” the publication reports. And, when she wasn’t cleaning the carriage window, she was looking after “her cheeky little brother, Prince Louis, too,” according to The Mirror. “At several points, nine-year-old Charlotte would dart a glance at Louis to make sure he was behaving.” 

Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte at the Commonwealth Games in 2022

Mother and daughter are extraordinarily close and share a special bond.

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Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte at Wimbledon

Just as Charlotte is close to her mom, Kate is also close to her own mom, Carole Middleton.

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After Trooping the Colour, Kate was “exhausted afterward,” a source said, per OK. “It was a long day, and it took a lot out of her.” Of her vulnerable social media post on June 14, where she revealed she would be at the King’s birthday parade the next day, the source continued “She absolutely has bad days, and that’s something she wouldn’t have shared in the past,” they said of her words in the post, accompanied by a photo taken by Matt Porteous. “Kate’s not the only person battling cancer, and she realizes that being truthful about her struggle will help others.”

According to Ailsa Anderson, former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth, “She might be the Princess of Wales, but she is still a mother and wife and going through the same set of emotions and worries and fears as anyone else in that set of circumstances would be,” she said.

Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour

Buzz is circulating that Kate might be seen at Wimbledon this week, but nothing is confirmed, including her permanent return to royal duty.

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The source speaking to OK added that “Her display of strength proves she’ll make a worthy queen one day,” they said. “She’s a fighter—for herself, her family, and her country.”

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.