Kate Middleton got candid on the ‘struggles’ of motherhood while visiting the UK charity Family Action on Tuesday. Yes, she might be a Duchess but is no stranger to the real challenges of being a parent. While admitting the same, the mother of 3, Prince George (5), Prince Charlotte (3), and Prince Louis (8), also shared her empathy with other parents and careers during her visit to the event.
“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 1 it falls away,” she said. “After that, there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read.” She continued saying, “Everybody experiences the same struggle.” As part of her speech, she also revealed that she even suffered a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancies, which even caused her to miss son George’s first day of school.
This isn’t the first time that the Duchess has opened up on motherhood. In a 2017 speech, she advocated mothers to speak out about their mental health and said, “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.”
“For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance,” she concluded.