The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed zoom quizzes with the Middleton family.
Prince William and his wife, Duchess Catherine, haven’t been able to spend as much time with their relatives as they would normally like due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they have still been able to socialize virtually – although their evenings can get very competitive.
Catherine’s mother, Carole Middleton, told Good Housekeeping, “Before the first lockdown, our son James and his fiancée moved in with us so we had plenty of time together.
“I obviously couldn’t see the rest of my family as often as I would like, but we were good at talking on the phone.
“We did a lot of tests like the rest of the country. We are all very competitive! “
Carole, 66, is a hands-on grandmother to the couple’s children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis two-year-old – as well as her other daughter’s son, Pippa, Arthur, and loves getting messy with them .
She said, “I’m very practical – I want to run down the hills, climb the trees, and go through the tunnel in the playground.
“As long as I can, we will.
“I cook with them, I dance around, we go on bike rides.”
However, she does not interfere in the upbringing of her family because she knows that they do not want a “know-it-all grandma”.
She added, “I think it is my children’s job to pass on what they think is important to their children.
“That will happen, I suspect it will have a work ethic because I know I passed it on to my children.
“I’ve tried very hard to be a listening grandmother and mother-in-law.
“That’s why we’re still close, because our relationship developed like my children had children. I learned to be a wise grandmother, I hope.
“I know how hard it was for me to raise my own children, that you invest a lot in them and don’t really want a know-it-all grandma out there.”
When it comes to her online Party Pieces business, Carole values getting feedback and advice from her children.
She said: “I am very family oriented, so your feedback is very important to me.
“When you order something, they tell me what they think of the buying process or how it will be delivered, and they tell me if they can’t find something they’re looking for so I can consider adding to a range.
“Lots of parents with grown children are my worst critics and most trusted advisors!”
But Carole – whose husband Michael, 71, retired from running the company – admitted that her kids made fun of her surprising taste in music.
She said, “I really like the new things. Right now I get up and dance to Jess Glynne for the family to tease me as I always dress them up.
“People are often surprised to know that I love house music – something with a good beat – and so does Mike.”