Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped away from their royal duties to enjoy the summer with their three children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George — but when will they go back to work?
After the Prince and Princess of Wales dedicated the season to building memories with their family, they're expected to resume their senior positions once their little ones return to the Lambrook School on Wednesday, September 6.
The pair is dedicated to their household and providing a nurturing environment for their offspring.
"Those children look pretty happy with life," a palace insider told an outlet. "A lot of it is the stabilizing normality Kate brings — and that's how she grew up. William absolutely loves it."
Sources later credited Kate for being a grounding force within their happy home.
"Coming from a different background, she appreciates the importance of having family time," said a source. "She wasn't brought up in that aristocratic setting where you see the children for a short time each day."
"William and Kate have made it very clear that their children are their priority this summer holiday. They have blocked off much of the summer so that they can spend time with the children in the U.K.," a royal insider said.
Despite those closest to William and Kate praising the couple, Richard Palmer speculated that their lengthy absence could be bad for their image.
"I do think that is an issue for them as well. They’re very popular, they’re a huge asset to the U.K., but there have been eyebrows raised in other parts of the royal household about the amount of time they’re not doing official engagements," the expert said.
Palmer pointed out that the average family isn't able to curate their schedule around the school year, making the royals seem out of touch with the British people.
"There aren’t many families where both the father and mother are able to have 12 or 13 weeks with their children on all of their school breaks. I think there’s an awful lot of goodwill towards them but they do need to keep an eye on that," he explained.
"The Princess of Wales has made it clear that her children will remain her priority for the foreseeable future and when you hear William and Harry talking about his childhood and how their father was always at his desk or away somewhere, you can perhaps understand why that is a priority," he noted.
Sources spoke to People.