THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE has spoken candidly about the “loneliness” of being a mother in a podcast interview, as well as discussing the memories she has from her childhood and her latest initiatives on childhood development.
The mother-of-three was interviewed on the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast by Giovanni Fletcher about the challenges she has faced raising Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Duchess shared an insight into her three pregnancies, as well as the births and parenthood.
She said: “If I take the experience from my own childhood, coupled with what I know now and what I’ve learnt from the experts in the early years sector, I think there’s a few things that really stand out for me.
“One is [the] quality of relationships – so those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood.
“I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences I give my children now.
Kate opens up about motherhood on the podcast (Image: KENSINGTONPALACE )
The Duchess has three children – George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: GETTY )
“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.
“It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated.”
Mrs Fletcher later said: “I’ve never heard her speak so openly in this way before. I kept thinking: ‘I can’t believe this is happening’.
Prince George is the eldest of Kate’s three children (Image: GETTY )
“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have or where you come from, we’re all trying to do our best with our children while continuously doubting our decisions and wondering if we’re getting it completely wrong. Talking helps unite us all.”
Last month,the Duchess made some similar comments during a speech at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
She said: “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge—even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not,’ Middleton admitted.
The Duchess of Cambridge spoke candidly during her first podcast interview (Image: GETTY )
“Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.
“And yet there is no rule book, no right or wrong—you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK