mum-of-three described parenthood as the ‘toughest and most unknown place’ Credit: PA: Press Association
Kate Middleton told podcaster Giovanna Fletcher about her childhood to promote her 5 Big Questions for the Under Fives online survey
The 90 – minute podcast chat is the first time a senior royal has opened up about the issues of moth erhood.
Kate explained she used meditation to cope with crippling morning sickness and practiced at home with a doll before seamlessly put George and his baby seat in the back of their Land Rover in front of the world’s media.
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She also described the importance of posing with newborn George on hospital steps for all the well-wishers around the globe – a tradition that Harry and Meghan decided not to do.
Kate was speaking on ‘Happy mum, Happy Baby’ podcast to promote her ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’ survey about the impact of childhood experiences on adult life.
The Duchess of Cambridge says she looks back on her own childhood for inspiration when caring for her young family
She opened up about how she suffered mum guilt and the demands of being away from her children for work.
Podcast host Giovanna Fletcher – wife of popstar Tom Fletcher from McFly – described how every parent suffers from mum guilt if they are away from their children for work.
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
The Duchess replied: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying!
“Yep – all the time, yep – and you know even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’
“But no it’s a constant challenge – you hear it time and time again 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.”
Kate added: “And 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!
“Yeah, but also I feel huge responsibility because what I’ve learnt over the last few years is so fascinating and I definitely would have done things differently, even during my pregnancy, than I would have done now.”
Kate said: “There’s a lot of pressure, isn’t there?
“You can get so distracted and put so much pressure on yourselves about the things you’re not necessarily achieving, and it distracts you from the things that actually really do matter to the lifelong health and happiness of the children you ‘ re looking after. “
Despite being surrounded by staff and support from her parents and family, Kate admitted to loneliness after giving birth.
She said: “Having had such a wonderful support network through pregnancy and delivery from nurses and midwives, it’s then a very lonely period between then and perhaps going into the educational system, which then picks up in terms for parents that support network but there isn’t a huge amount out there.
“There are some incredible communities out there, which I have been to see, that do as much as they can in terms of including parents, but it is quite a lonely period for a mother, and for families really too.
“Where do they go if they need support, whether it’s for their child or for themselves?”
Speaking about the days and weeks after arriving home with first-born George, she added: “It took us a bit of time to get ourselves settled and going again but that’s the beauty, I suppose, of having a new- born baby.
“You are pulled to your toughest and most unknown places that you hadn’t necessarily even thought about before.”