Catherine reveals childhood memories of her ‘amazing granny’

Feb 15, 2020
The duchess' grandmother Valerie Grassborow worked as a code breaker during WWII. Source: Instagram/Emilynashhello & Clarence House.

The Duchess of Cambridge has opened up about her own childhood in one of her most candid interviews to date, as she appeared as a guest on a podcast for the very first time.

Catherine sat down with British host Giovanna Fletcher for her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast and shared some of the fondest memories she has of her paternal grandmother Valerie Glassborow, according to Hello! magazine.

Discussing the importance of having “quality” relationships, the mother-of-three revealed that her bond with grandmother Valerie is something that “stands out” from her childhood.

“One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood,” Catherine said.

Valerie, who bears a striking resemblance to her royal granddaughter, worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park during World War Two. Catherine previously spoke about her grandmother’s former career during an interview for ITV, but admitted her gran hadn’t been very forthcoming about that period her life.

“I had often asked Granny about it, but she was very quiet,” the duchess told her grandmother’s former colleague Lady Marion Body.

During the podcast interview, which goes live at 4pm GMT on Saturday, the duchess also discussed her recent Five Big Questions on the Under 5s survey, which she launched last month.

Catherine added: “There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment. As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about.

“I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this.’ And actually, it’s so simple.”

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