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Most of us turn to loved ones when we’re in need of a bit of TLC, but royal pro­to­col dic­tates that Kate can’t just nip to her mother Ca­role’s home in Buck­le­bury, Berk­shire, when she wants to.

‘Kate’s po­si­tion is very dif­fer­ent to the life she was born into and some­times she can find that hard,’ says our source.

This gen­er­a­tion of roy­als are very dif­fer­ent to the past, with Wil­liam’s mother Diana her­alded as the rea­son for the break­away from tra­di­tions. Prince Harry pre­vi­ously re­called of his mother, ‘One of her mot­tos to me was, “You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught!”’

Un­like Ge­orge, in the past young princes and princesses would have been sent away to board­ing school as, amongst other rea­sons, they were thought to be safer.

This shun in tra­di­tion is in keep­ing with the ‘nor­mal’ new breed of royal we’ve come to know. But how nor­mal can Kate and Wil­liam re­ally be, given their royal sta­tus?

‘Of course there are times when Kate would like to be able to just pop out or take the kids to soft play and be a “nor­mal” fam­ily, but that’s not what she signed up for,’ says our source, who adds, ‘Be­ing holed up at home, feel­ing re­ally poorly and miss­ing your son’s first day school wouldn’t be easy for any­one and there’s no doubt she strug­gles with that at times.’

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