Kate Middleton’s Surprising 'Enchilada Kit' Errand with George, Charlotte and Louis
“It was just a normal shopping day out. The kids weren’t playing up, they weren’t misbehaving," local mom Kate Carter tells PEOPLE
During a low-key outing at her local Sainsbury’s supermarket near her country home in Norfolk last March (just before the start of the COVID-19 lockdown), Kate Middleton could have been mistaken for any other busy parent.
As she walked through the aisles with 2-year-old Prince Louis in her arms and Prince George, 7, and Princess Charlotte, 5, happily walking alongside her, she picked up a surprising item: an enchilada dinner kit!
Kate placed it in her shopping cart, which was being pushed by a security officer. The quick-and-easy family meal surprised a fellow shopper, who spotted Kate and the royal siblings in the store.
“It was just a normal shopping day out. The kids weren’t playing up, they weren’t misbehaving. It was all so normal—but she’s not normal!” she adds.
The under-the-radar outing offered a rare glimpse behind the royal curtain of the future Queen. Shopping for an at-home Mexican night for husband Prince William and the kids “is very much her,” says a source close to the royal household.
“Even if she were married to a banker, I don’t think she would be much different. She would have wanted to be a country mom and be in town occasionally. I don’t think she would have been living a very different life,” the source adds.
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Before Kate married William and became a royal, she had the comfort of a happy upbringing — and she wants the same for her own children. Between laid-back family vacations, casual trips to the store with mom and outings with their grandparents, Carole and Mike Middleton, Kate’s own real-world childhood is at the heart of her parenting approach.
“That’s something that was incredibly important to both her and William,” says a well-placed insider. “They have worked hard to make it as normal as possible despite their extraordinary situation.”
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