Royal heartbreak: How Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall share THIS guilt


KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE and Zara Tindall are popular members of the Royal Family, but what heartwrenching guilt do they both carry?

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and wife of Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are said to have a lot in common. Through the years they have often been pictured together and their children are similar ages. Sadly, it appears that it is not only happiness the two royal women share, but they both also share a pang of immense guilt about one thing.

Zara is the Queen’s eldest granddaughter and mother to daughters Mia, aged six, and Lena, aged one.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been a member of the Royal Family since April 2011, when she married Prince William.

William and Kate have three children: Prince George, aged six, Princess Charlotte, aged four, and Prince Louis, aged one.

In a rare and candid interview, Kate appeared on the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast hosted by Giovanna Fletcher, revealing she experienced pangs of “mum guilt”.

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Royal heartbreak: What particular guilt do Zara Tindall and Kate Duchess of Cambridge share? (Image: GETTY)

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Royal heartbreak: Kate with her three children watching Prince William play polo (Image: GETTY)

When asked about whether she experienced pangs of “mum guilt” Kate said: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying.

“Yes – all the time. Even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off as school this morning?

“It’s a constant challenge – you hear it time after time from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.”

She added: “There’s such a pull, but I am such a hands-on mum, and whatever you’re doing you want to make sure you’re doing the uttermost best job you can for your children.”

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Royal heartbreak: Kate at an event promoting her 5 Big Questions survey (Image: GETTY)

Royal heartbreak: Zara and Kate

Royal heartbreak: Kate has won support from royal fans after saying she struggles with ‘mum guilt’ (Image: GETTY)

Kate added sometimes she feels incredibly guilty about the parenting decisions she makes.

The Duchess of Cambridge said: “[You’re] always sort of questioning your own decisions and your own judgements and things like that, and I think that starts from the moment you have a baby.”

She continued to explain how she manages her grief, relaying something a “very wise man” told her.

The mother-of-three said: “The more people you have around your children who are safe and loving and caring, the better.

“So yeah – it was a real weight off my shoulders that actually it’s not totally my responsibility to do everything, because you know we all have good days, bad days – and you can dilute that with others who aren’t on that particular day struggling.

“I think it makes such a difference for your child, keeping them as constant and happy as possible.”

During the interview, which aimed to raise awareness of her 5 Big Questions survey, she also spoke openly and honestly about the births of her three children.

Kate revealed she did hypnobirthing for her labours, although she did not discuss the idea with William before.

She said: “I’m not going to say that William was standing there sort of, chanting sweet nothings at me. He definitely wasn’t!

“I didn’t even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself.”

The Duchess of Cambridge won over fellow parents after making these revelations.

But she is not the only royal who has opened up about suffering deep feelings of guilt about juggling work and motherhood.

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Royal heartbreak: Zara with her eldest Mia and youngest Lena (Image: GETTY)

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Royal heartbreak: Kate and Zara are mothers to similar aged children (Image: GETTY)

In December, Zara Tindall, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter revealed she suffers guilt about leaving her daughters.

Both Zara and husband Mike have had much success in their sporting fields.

Zara told Now to Love: “If I’m away and Mike’s here I don’t feel guilty, whereas if we’re both away then I feel much more guilty.”

Zara and Mike live in Gloucestershire with their daughters and are determined to give the young girls normal childhoods, despite being part of the Royal Family.

Zara has previously shared she was “lucky” to have grown up without titles and with a more “normal” upbringing.

She told the Times: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”

Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter told the Sun: “It was a masterstroke of the Princess Royal when she decided not to give her children titles.

“Growing up as a commoner allowed Zara to thrive as her own woman, and there has never been pressure on her to conform.

“She has benefited from it in all sorts of ways.”