‘Nothing can prepare you’ Kate lifts lid on ‘struggle’ of becoming parent to Prince George

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children together – eight-year-old Prince George, six-year-old Princess Charlotte, and three-year-old Prince Louis. Kate delved into the struggle of becoming a parent for the first time with Prince George, citing that “nothing can really prepare you” for the experience.

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke about the “overwhelming experience” of motherhood, even if support is readily available in the form of husband Prince William, royal staff and close family.

Despite her royal status and access to more help than most, the Duchess revealed she is not immune to the universal struggles of motherhood.

She said: “Everybody experiences the same struggle. Even for me, who has more support at home than most mothers do. Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother.”

The comment came as Kate discussed the early days of motherhood, referring to it as both “overwhelming” and also “so hard”.

She said: “You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one, it falls away. After that there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read.”

The Duchess said that the immense feeling can lead you to doubt yourself, which is something that has an impact “for many mothers, myself included” and which “can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance”.

The royal has previously referred to parenthood as having its “ups and downs” in an interview with the BBC, and many have warmed to Kate due to her openness about struggles they too experience with their own children.

The royal brood benefit from a full-time nanny, and a close-knit family unit, but Kate has previously revealed that she felt “exhausted” during lockdown when homeschooling her children.

During a virtual discussion with three parents, whose children attend Roe Green Junior School in Brent, Kate said: “I think as parents you have the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.”

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The Duchess has also been incredibly open about her experience of motherhood in the past with other royals.

Kate reportedly confided in Queen Elizabeth II about parenting difficulties, shortly after the birth of Prince George, according to a royal correspondent.

Katie Nicholl told True Royalty’s documentary Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again: “Kate was having a conversation with the Queen in which she confided that she had found being with George on her own, and not having a full-time nanny or a maternity nurse, very hard.”

Like other parents, the royal couple found adjusting to life with a newborn to be a challenging and overwhelming change.

Katie, who is Vanity Fair’s Royal Editor, said: “William and Kate wanted to be hands-on parents, and they did it until September and then they recruited a nanny.”

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