Kate Middleton parenting: Duchess of Cambridge claims support ‘falls away’ after children

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Kate Middleton is one of the most-watched women in Britain, as a future Queen. She is also a working mum, something she has discussed openly and honestly. What motherhood issues has the royal spoken honestly and candidly about.

In the past, Kate has discussed support and less support after having a child.

Kate said at headquarters of Family Action in Forest Hill, south east London: “It’s so hard. 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 said on a visit to the charity Family Action.

“After that, there isn’t a huge amount – lots of books to read.”

During the speech last year she said: “Everybody experiences the same struggle.”

Kate has talked about the struggles that come with motherhood many times.

She said in 2018 at the speech at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience.

“However, at times it has also been a huge challenge – even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”

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Mum guilt

Kate has discussed the guilt she feels as a parent on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.

The Duchess of Cambridge admitted to questioning herself and the “pull” of parenting.

She told host Giovanna Fletcher, after asked whether she suffers from “mum guilt” that she does.

Kate said: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying. Yes – all the time.”

Speaking about hands-on parenting, she said: “There’s such a pull, but I am such a hands-on mum, and whatever you’re doing you want to make sure you’re doing the uttermost best job you can for your children.”

“But no, it’s a constant challenge, you hear it time and time again from mums.

“Even mums who aren’t necessarily working, aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life – there’s always something.

“And always sort of questioning your own decisions, and your own judgments, and things like that, and I think that starts from the moment you have a baby.”

Being alone

Kate struggled to adjust to motherhood with the birth of George, it has been claimed. 

In fact, she disclosed her feelings to her Queen at the first Christmas after George’s birth.

Expert Katie Nicholl made the revelation in the documentary Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again.

The royal writer said: “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.

“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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