Kate Middleton stresses importance of ’emotional support’ for kids after Harry’s claims


Prince Harry opened up on his childhood in his memoir titled Spare.

The Duke opened up about what involves “being born” into the Firm in May 2021, when he appeared in an episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast.

Harry said his life as a member of the Royal Family was “a mix of the Truman Show and being in a zoo”.

After the Hollywood actor said the Duke was “kind of cast into a movie without being asked”, the fifth-in-line replied: “The biggest issue for me was that, being born into it, you inherit the risk.

“You inherit every element of it without a choice. And because of the way the UK media are, they feel an ownership over you.”

Prince Harry wearing his medals (L) and Kate wearing a high-neck jumper (R)

Kate is promoting her latest initiative focused on the early years, Shaping Us (Image: GETTY/PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES TWITTER)

Kate walking next to Roman Kemp

Kate discussed the importance of the early years with Roman Kemp (Image: PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES/TWITTER)

During the same podcast, the Duke also mentioned his desire to “break” the cycle of “genetic pain” he inherited from his father King Charles, saying: “I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.”

Harry’s difficult relationship with the media was one of the main themes included in his memoir Spare, released in January.

In the book, the Duke of Sussex also spoke about the display of emotions, or lack of, he experienced within the Firm due to its members’ personalities, their roles and protocol.

Recalling the devastating moment in which his father Charles informed him about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Harry wrote: “Pa didn’t hug me. He wasn’t great at showing emotions under normal circumstances, how could he be expected to show them in such a crisis?”

Speaking about the morning when, aged 12, he learned about the fatal car crash in which Diana was involved, Harry added: “But his hand did fall once more on my knee and he said: ‘It’s going to be OK.’ That was quite a lot for him. Fatherly, hopeful, kind. And so very untrue.”

Princess Diana smiling at Charles while Harry and William stood between them

In May 2021, Prince Harry spoke about the ‘genetic pain’ he inherited from King Charles (Image: GETTY)

Kate walking while William places a hand on her back

Kate has focused much of her royal work on early childhood development (Image: GETTY)

Describing how he saw the Queen enjoying the Golden Jubilee concert in 2002 – despite later noticing she was wearing discreet earplugs against the noise – the Duke wrote in Spare: “To see her tapping her foot and swaying in time, I wanted to hug her.

“But of course I didn’t. Out of the question. I never had done and couldn’t imagine any circumstance under which such an act would be sanctioned.”

Princess Diana, on the other hand, was warmer than other royals both with the public and with her relatives – and particularly with her children.

Harry also wrote: “There’s a famous story about mummy trying to hug Granny. It was actually more of a lunge than a hug, if eyewitnesses can be believed.

Kate waving and smiling to fans

Kate launched Shaping Us on Tuesday (Image: GETTY)

During her conversation with Mr Kemp, Kate discussed her latest campaign and its goal, saying: “Every family is different – and the pressures that we all face are different.

“While raising the importance of early childhood, this isn’t about putting extra pressure on families, it’s actually saying they need the support and help reprioritising family life, home life and all that it takes in raising children today because it is tough.”

She added: “It’s not about the number of toys they’ve got or the number of trips you go on with them.

“It’s just making sure they have the right emotional support around them that comes from the adults in their lives.”

Shaping Us wants to shine a spotlight on the critical importance the experiences lived through by children in their first five years have in their future development and how supporting young families is an important matter for everybody, as it will shape a better society in years to come.


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