The Duchess of Cambridge pays tribute to the 'amazing' woman who inspires her parenting

Natalie Cornish
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From Red Online

The Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to her 'amazing granny' for inspiring the way she parents in her first podcast interview.

Appearing on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Kate told author and host Giovanna Fletcher that her granny has been an instrumental influence in her hands-on and outdoorsy approach to bringing up Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

'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,' Catherine said.

'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.'

She added that it was important to provide her three children with the same 'happy home' and 'safe environment' she enjoyed as a child growing up in Newbury in Berkshire.

Kate has recently launched her Five Big Questions For The Under Fives survey, which aims to start a debate around early childhood and inspire her work over the next few years. So far, 200,000 people have shared their views in the online poll.

'It's going to take a long time, I'm talking about a generational change, but hopefully this is the first small step: to start a conversation around the importance of early childhood development,' she said.

'It's not just about happy, healthy children. This is for lifelong consequences and outcomes.'

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Fletcher, who is married to McFly's Tom Fletcher, said it was 'beyond wonderful' to chat to the Duchess about motherhood.

She added: 'It doesn't matter who you are, what you have, or where you come from - we're all trying to do our best with our children while continuously doubting our decisions and wondering if we're getting it completely wrong. Talking helps unite us all.'

Catherine has been touring the UK to encourage people to take part in the survey. This week she visited a farm near Belfast to chat to children and their parents.

The Duchess has long been a vocal campaigner for children and young people.

Last year, she designed a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which combined nature and play. Photos of George, Charlotte and Louis enjoying the garden were released as she gave them a special tour before the gates opened to members and the public.

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The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: 'I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.

'I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.'

George and Charlotte's Norland-trained nanny is also an integral part of their outdoorsy upbringing.

Author and Norland expert Louise Heren recently revealed the Cambridge children's routine will 'run like clockwork' with an onus on 'old-fashioned' activities and 'loads of fresh air'.

She said: 'There will be lots and lots of outdoor play, that’s the one thing you could say Norland are old-fashioned about. Loads of fresh air. Lots of bike rides, playing with their dogs, potentially some gardening. Norland are very into teaching children through play.'

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