Sunday 25 June 2017

Kate Middleton gets honest about the 'huge challenge' of motherhood and her 'lack of confidence'

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a parent support group during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a parent support group during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R), is pictured during a meeting with a parent support group while attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during a meeting with a parent support group while attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sits in on a meeting with a parent support group at the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a parent support group during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England.
Cambridge's Duke and duchess Prince William and Kate Middleton are seen ahead of the Six Nations tournament Rugby Union match between France and Wales at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on March 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Les Invalides where they met a number of victims and first responders from the Bataclan and Nice attacks and also heard more about the important historic and current role of the site, in particular its work supporting veterans and its rehabilitation programmes
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Trocadero, where they attended a "Les Voisins in Action" event highlighting the strong ties between the young people of France and the UK, during an official visit to Paris, France
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton has opened up about the "huge challenge" that comes with motherhood, whether you're in the public eye or not.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who has Prince George (3) and Princess Charlotte (22 months) with husband Prince William, gave a rare speech at an event focusing on mothers' mental health at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, where she spoke of the pressure to be the perfect parent.

While she is always seen but rarely heard, the 35-year-old royal is slowly carving out a niche for herself among mothers.

Kate, who has a full-time nanny for both of her children, in addition to having familial support - her parents Carole and Michael Middleton moved into her Norfolk home for several months after the birth of George and Charlotte - said parenting is difficult regardless of your resources.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.

"Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge," she told a select crowd.

"Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not. Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together."

"There is no rule book, no right or wrong, you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family.

"For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during a meeting with a parent support group while attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during a meeting with a parent support group while attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017.

Her latest appearance is part of her charity Heads Together, which she set up with her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry raising awareness on mental health initiatives around the UK.

"If any of us caught a fever during pregnancy, we would seek advice and support from a doctor. Getting help with our mental health is no different. Our children need us to look after ourselves and get the support we need," she added.

Middleton is back to business at home after a three-day trip to Paris with her husband as part of Britain's post-Brexit charm offensive.

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Victoria International Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at Victoria International Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after launching the maternal mental health films at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.

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