Duchess of Cambridge opens up about parenting in new podcast interview

Lawrence Kim
February 16, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Cambridge opted not to pose for photos immediately after their son's birth.

Becoming a mother for the first time was, of course, a special moment and Kate recalled the first time she held George, noting: "Amazing, amazing".

Kate, officially known as the Duchess of Cambridge, told the "Happy Mum, Happy Baby" podcast that she has tried to replicate those times with her own three children.

Kate is now promoting her survey called "5 Questions", which aims to create a discussion among parents about challenges they face in the early years of their children's lives. "The grassroots of it is we are all doing the same thing, we're all having sleepless nights, going through potty training or whatever it is and I think having the Duchess on really highlights that".

As has been done in the past, Prince William and Kate made their way to the steps of the Lindo Wing a short time after the birth of their babies so the world could see their newest addition. The Duchess agreed: "Exactly!" And she wants to give her own children the same dedication her parents gave to her and her siblings. "I totally underestimated the impact and the change it had on our lives from that moment really and I think, unless you've got children, you don't realize".

"It was great fun. I'm very lucky to come from a very strong family", the Duchess said.

"Since I got married, I've been really looking into [early years parenting and education] as a huge passion", she said.

Middleton reflected on her parents "always shouting" at her and her siblings' sporting events and instilling in her an appreciation for the little things.

The duchess continued, saying: "Life now is so busy, so distracting, and actually sometimes the simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day, I find such enjoyment, and actually, I remember that from my childhood - doing the simple things, going on walks together - and that's what I try and do with my children as well".

Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on September 5, 2019 in London.

"It's the simple things that really make a difference", Kate added.

Remarkably, she said she "actually really quite liked" labour because it brought an end to feeling "utterly rotten" while expecting, and spoke movingly of the "pure joy" on Prince William's face when he saw his babies for the first time.

"We all have good days, bad days", she said. "Actually if you can dilute that with others who aren't on that particular day struggling, I think it makes such a difference".

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