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We’ve all heard the speculations about the Duchess of Cambridge‘s mother, Carole Middleton. Heck, we may have made them ourselves. She was born into a working-class family and worked her tail off to get herself and her daughters to where they are now. Think of a classier, British version of Kris Jenner, a Pimp Mama Kris lite, if you will. Sounds about right? That maybe she’s a hustler, baby, and she wants us all to know that it’s not where she’s been but where she’s about to go.

Or perhaps all that stuff we hear about the thirsty Middletons simply isn’t true. Because if it was, would Queen Elizabeth stand for it? No. All it takes is one glance at Her Majesty to know she has zero f*cks to give. She’s been around for a while and isn’t exactly the kind of woman who has time for BS and brown-nosing.

In light of all that, this story from People is fascinating. According to the mag, “there are few, if any, commoners who have enjoyed a close relationship with the royal family.” But Carole Middleton has busted through the palace gates and made her mark. Mostly because of Kate and the fact that she’s helping raise her two royal grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. But also the plain and simple fact that, well, the Queen kind of digs her.

“In terms of a non-royal, young and trendy granny there’s been no one like her at all,” royals writer Robert Lacey told People.

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Another source told the mag that it isn’t just about Carole. “I’ve never known a family drawn into the royal family like the Middletons … The Middleton parents really could be the people next door. They are lucky their daughter is going to be the future queen, but there are no delusions of grandeur. I think certainly Prince Philip appreciates that.”

And Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty, adds that it has more to do with Prince William than anything else.

“Because of the circumstances of William’s childhood, the Queen has made a big effort to include the Middletons much more than she would have done otherwise,” believes Seward. “She is recognizing they have a big role in the lives of her family — and she is happy with that.”

And there it is. The Queen isn’t one to be trifled with, so Carole has clearly made quite the impression on her. With William’s mother gone and Duchess Camilla often busy with her own royal duties, it’s Carole who has the time to devote to her grandchildren — a role that, in the past, has been relegated to nannies and servants. So what’s not to like about Carole being around? Yeah, we totally get what Her Majesty sees in her.

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