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