When you marry into royalty, unless your spouse completely renounces the throne, your new life will be filled with privileges that the rest of us can only dream about. It is possible, however, to maintain some sense of normalcy in situations that don’t require regal austerity. Throughout her relationship with Prince William, Kate Middleton has made it clear she plans to be a hands-on wife and mother. A recent trip to Australia and New Zealand with their son, Prince George, showed that they may have titles but, in the end, they are just parents like anyone else.

Following Diana’s Example

Diana Spencer was still a teenager when she began to win the hearts of royal watchers around the world. It was extremely sad, therefore, when the mother-of-two was killed in a tragic car accident in 1997. While she did not get to raise her sons, William and Harry, to adulthood, it was always clear that she wanted them to be as down-to-earth as possible and it appears that William, now a married father, and his wife, Kate, are continuing that legacy.

Normal Mom, Normal Baby

Kate’s arms looked strained to the max after having to lug around her very chubby baby boy. Videos and pictures showed her switching sides to avoid fatigue and she also dealt with normal infant behavior like a pro. She worried that her “loud” baby with “quite a strong grip” would be scary for the animals at a local zoo. The new mom also watched over Prince George as he played with other children since he had never been surrounded by so many babies before. Kate also managed to look graceful as her nine-month-old son grabbed a handful of her hair and even wiped his drool on the bottom of her dress.

Tears Over Sick Baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a stop at the Bear Cottage Hospice in Sydney where they met Max McIntyre, an infant who is dying after contracting bacterial meningitis. Undoubtedly, the fact that little Max is the same age as George must have made things even more emotional. After becoming visibly upset over the boy’s diagnosis, Kate gave a speech about the importance of palliative care.

Despite all of their privilege, it is good to see that William and Kate are choosing to remain down-to-earth, have compassion for others and are hands-on parents. Their son, Prince George, will be a future world leader and, hopefully, he will benefit from their example.