Kate’s ‘toughest experience’ revealed as Duchess admits to ‘parenthood struggles’

HeirPod host and ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie spoke about Kate opening up for the first time about motherhood as she delved deeper into her early years work. The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, and spoke to author and host Giovanna Fletcher about the survey she has launched to ask people what matters for them in raising their children today. During the discussion, she revealed how her first pregnancy with Prince George was “definitely a challenge”.

Mr Scobie told listeners: “As the interview with Giovanna progresses, we really hear Kate talking from the heart about motherhood.

“She talks about how it has been challenging at times and how her first pregnancy with Prince George was the toughest experience of her life.

“She said that she was actually quite excited about giving birth because it meant the end of that chapter.

“Of course, as we know, as we saw, it was well documented that she suffered from serious, serious morning sickness.”

He added: “But we also heard her talk about the struggles of parenthood, how there isn’t always that confidence that you see others have in your own parenting skills.

“We see from the outside that her family life looks perfect, but she spoke about some of the struggles that her and William have faced and how they’ve really had to work hard to find confidence in raising their own children.”

When asked about her first pregnancy on the podcast, the Duchess said: “I got very bad morning sickness so I’m not the happiest of pregnant people.

“I’ve had it every time, unfortunately. Lots of people have it far worse, but it was definitely a challenge.”

She continued: “Not just for me, but also for your loved ones around you. I think that’s the thing that having a newborn baby impacts everybody in the family.

“William didn’t feel that he could do much to help and it’s hard for everyone to see you suffering without actually being able to do anything about it.

“I felt utterly rotten. I was really sick, I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating, but yet the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body to grow new life which I think is fascinating.”

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The Duchess also described seeing a huge crowd of people waiting outside the hospital after she had given birth to George.

She said: “It was slightly terrifying, I’m not going to lie.

“It’s hard to compartmentalise the whole thing because everyone had been so supportive.

“Both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about, and we’re hugely grateful for the support that the public has shown us.

“Actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important.

“But equally it was coupled with a newborn baby and sort of inexperienced parents and the uncertainty of what that held so there was all sorts of mixed emotions.”

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