Duchess Kate shares valuable parenting lesson

Duchess Kate gave a glimpse into her life behind the gates of Kensington Palace — and it involves lots of snuggling with her kids George, 5, Charlotte, 3, and Louis, 6 months.

“Hugs are very important. That’s what I tell my children,” Kate, 36, revealed during a speaking engagement at the Basildon Sporting Village in Essex with Prince Williamon Tuesday, October 30. 

Kate shared her parenting philosophy after breaking royal protocol and accepting the embrace of a fan named Janet Emery.

Back in May, the Duchess of Cambridge opened up about how her brood in a letter for Children’s Hospice Week. “Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it’s the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish,” she wrote.

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Prince William holds Prince George as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives him a toy during a visit to the Bilby Enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY)
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leave the chapel with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after Prince Louis's christening in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Britain, July 9, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London for the christening of their brother, Prince Louis, who is being carried by their mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on July 09, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with their newborn baby son Louis Arthur Charles as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R), his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (L), Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool
Britain's Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrives to board a floatplane for their official departure from Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Britain's Prince William (2nd R), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L), Prince George and Princess Charlotte (L) watch as a man inflates balloons at a children's party at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Britain's Prince William (2nd R), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L), Prince George and Princess Charlotte (L) watch as a man inflates balloons at a children's party at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Britain's Prince William (2nd L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George (L) and Princess Charlotte (R) arrive at a children's party at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William, watch a flypast as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horseguards Parade in central London, Britain June 11, 2016. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to board a floatplane for their official departure from Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk past the crowds at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate with their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte, after her christening, on July 5th 2015. REUTERS/Mary Turner/Pool
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Britain's Prince William returns with his son George to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, after the birth of his daughter in London, Britain May 2, 2015. Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a daughter, the couple's residence Kensington Palace announced on Saturday. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, July 2, 2014. Prince George celebrates his first birthday on July 22. Picture taken July 2, 2014. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George as they prepare to board a plane with her husband Prince William (not pictured) to depart Canberra April 25, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son Prince George. REUTERS/Phil Noble (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Britain's Prince William, watch as their son Prince George looks at an Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young Prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George during a Plunket nurse and parents' group event at Government House in Wellington April 9, 2014. Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides care for children and families in New Zealand. Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Marty Melville/Pool (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George after disembarking with her husband, Britain's Prince William, from their plane after arriving in Wellington April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Phil Noble (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
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Kate and William, 36, are committed to raising good people. “William and Kate very much prioritize bringing up the children in as normal an environment as possible over anything else,” a royal insider told Us Weekly in September. “They haven’t lost sight of that.” 

While George is shy, his sister, Charlotte is “very bubbly” and extroverted, according to the source. “She’s definitely the biggest character of the three children at the moment,” the insider explained, adding that when friends visit the family’s Apartment 1A, “she’ll come up to guests and ask them if they want tea or coffee or offer them sweets!”

As for baby Louis, the couple lucked out with is happy-go-lucky disposition. “He’s very quiet and content,” the source told Us. “Always smiling and happy.” 

See one of Kate's latest outings below!

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Kate and William at Coach Core
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Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge joins a session with participants and plays tennis during a visit with Prince William to the Coach Core Essex in Basildon, south east England, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Coach Core is a project that aims to engage a diverse local community with sport. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (2R) play boccia with a participant as they join a session during a visit to learn about the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex to meet new apprentices, hear from graduates, and learn how the scheme in Essex is engaging a diverse local community with sport. The Duke and Duchess met with new Coach Core apprentices and joined in with their coaching sessions, including tennis and indoor athletics. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) laughs with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) as they play boccia with a participant as they join a session during a visit to learn about the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex to meet new apprentices, hear from graduates, and learn how the scheme in Essex is engaging a diverse local community with sport. The Duke and Duchess met with new Coach Core apprentices and joined in with their coaching sessions, including tennis and indoor athletics. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) play boccia with a participant as they join a session during a visit to learn about the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex to meet new apprentices, hear from graduates, and learn how the scheme in Essex is engaging a diverse local community with sport. The Duke and Duchess met with new Coach Core apprentices and joined in with their coaching sessions, including tennis and indoor athletics. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
BASILDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) laughs with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) as they play boccia with a participant as they join a session during a visit to learn about the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon on October 30, 2018 in Basildon, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) play boccia with a participant as they join a session during a visit to learn about the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex to meet new apprentices, hear from graduates, and learn how the scheme in Essex is engaging a diverse local community with sport. The Duke and Duchess met with new Coach Core apprentices and joined in with their coaching sessions, including tennis and indoor athletics. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
BASILDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge play boccia with participants as they join a session during a visit to the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in Basildon, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge plays boccia with a participant during a visit with Prince William to the Coach Core Essex in Basildon, south east England, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Coach Core is a project that aims to engage a diverse local community with sport. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge meets a participant during a visit with Prince William to the Coach Core Essex in Basildon, south east England, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Coach Core is a project that aims to engage a diverse local community with sport. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince William joins a session with a group of children as he and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Coach Core Essex in Basildon, south east England, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Coach Core is a project of The Royal Foundation and aims to inspire young people who are not in education or employment to create a new generation of sports coaches. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince William meets people, as he and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Coach Core Essex in Basildon, south east England, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Coach Core is a project of The Royal Foundation and aims to inspire young people who are not in education or employment to create a new generation of sports coaches. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
BASILDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) greets a participant as she meets new apprentices and graduates from the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme during a visit at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon on October 30, 2018 in Basildon, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BASILDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays tennis as she joins a session with a group as they join a session during a visit to the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in Basildon, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BASILDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays tennis as she joins a session with a group as they join a session during a visit to the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in Basildon, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays tennis as she joins a session with a group during a visit the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex to meet new apprentices, hear from graduates, and learn how the scheme in Essex is engaging a diverse local community with sport. The Duke and Duchess met with new Coach Core apprentices and joined in with their coaching sessions, including tennis and indoor athletics. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays tennis as she joins a session with a group during a visit the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex to meet new apprentices, hear from graduates, and learn how the scheme in Essex is engaging a diverse local community with sport. The Duke and Duchess met with new Coach Core apprentices and joined in with their coaching sessions, including tennis and indoor athletics. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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