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The Duchess of Cambridge has opened up about the pressures of parenting in a candid interview with the Happy Mum, Happy Baby Podcast.
Kate and her husband, Prince William, 37 are parents to Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 21 months.
And just like other mums, Kate relates to the “constant challenge” of leaving her children in the morning. While other mums head off to work, Kate’s royal duties, include attending private meetings with charities and organisations she is patron on and going on royal tours.
Asked if she feels mum guilt, she replied. “Yes, absolutely — and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying!
“Yep — all the time 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?’
“It’s a constant challenge — you hear it time and time again from moms, even moms who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life,”
She 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!”
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She goes on to reveal the wise piece of parenting advice she once received and that it helps to relieve the mum guilt.
“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.”
Kate appeared on the podcast to promote her survey “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives” — which more than 200,000 people have taken part in.
In the podcast, Kate also spoke about meeting her firstborn, Prince George.
“Amazing, amazing. It is extraordinary as I’ve said. How can the human body do that? It is utterly extraordinary actually. And he was very sweet .
“And also sort of relieved that he was a happy, healthy boy.”