Kate Middleton on the hardships of parenting: ‘Everybody experiences the same struggle’

Kate Middleton has often been candid about the trials and tribulations she’s experienced being a parent.

The 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge recently attended a charity event for Family Action, which is a support line in the U.K. that has been set up to help parents and caregivers. 

Speaking at the event, the royal revealed she finds motherhood just as challenging as anyone else – even with a nanny to help her.

“It’s so hard,” she admitted.

Kate Middleton on the struggles of parenthood: ‘It’s so hard’
Kate Middleton, Prince William and family. Source: Kensington Palace Instagram

Kate Middleton opens up about there not being enough support for mums

Kate, who is mum to Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and nine-month-old Prince Louis, also opened up about how she believes mums need more support throughout their parenting journey.

“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,” she added.

“After that there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read. Everybody experiences the same struggle.”

Kate says she’s felt lonely and isolated having children

Kate has also expressed how lonely she’s felt since becoming a mum.

In 2017, the royal joined a discussion during a visit to a west London high school with two mums, Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, who have launched an app to help mums make friends discussed how they became friends after bonding through mutual loneliness.

“It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through,” Kate told the group afterwards, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

“It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you.”

Kate, 35, added that parents should be helped to teach their kids “to start these conversations from a much earlier age but through play, even if their language hasn’t yet developed.”

After the Duchess of Cambridge’s honest admission, Sarah Hez said: “It’s not surprising because we do know all mums feel that, and it doesn’t matter where you live.

“It is something you go through when you become a mum and it’s a challenge for everyone, whether you’re royalty or a normal mum.”

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One in seven women in Australia suffers from postpartum depression and one in ten new fathers also experience postnatal depression, says Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA).

If you or someone you know is struggling, then remember you are not alone. Have a look at our story on what every mum who has experienced PND needs to hear as well as our post natal depression archives for ways to get the help you deserve.


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