Kate Middleton opens up about what she wishes she knew before becoming a mum


Kate Middleton opened up about parenthood during a royal visit to the Southwark-based community parental support project PACT, which supports parents’ wellbeing

Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince George
Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince George

There’s no instruction manual that can fully prepare you for what it’s like to be a new parent – even if you are the Duchess of Cambridge.

There are lots of big changes to adjust to, skills to learn, and hurdles to jump over.

But there is one thing Kate wishes she had known before she had Prince George in 2013.

During a surprise visit to the Southwark-based community parental support project PACT, set up by Citizens UK in 2014, Kate spoke about how the organisation’s ‘Parent University’ courses for expectant mums could have benefited her when she was a new mum.

After hearing from Josephine Namusisi-Riley, who heads up PACT, and health visitor Simonette Guerra who teaches the importance of early years, including brain and language development and play, Kate opened up about her own experience of parenthood.

The classes would have really benefitted her
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She said: “As a new mum I would have liked that. I think I would have learned a lot. The importance of play.”

She continued: “What’s so fantastic is seeing the amazing work that’s going on here. That support you’re providing is amazing. The science backs it up.”

Kate spoke candidly about parenting and childbirth on Giovanna Fletcher’s podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

When asked if she feels ‘mum guilt’, Kate admitted: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying.

“Yep – all the time, even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off as school this morning?’

“It’s a constant challenge – you hear it time after time from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.”

She also says she sometimes feels guilty about the parenting decisions she makes.

She said: “[You’re] 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.”

Explaining how she deals with the guilt, she added: “The more people you have around your children who are safe and loving and caring, the better.

“So yeah – it was a real weight off my shoulders that actually it’s not totally my responsibility to do everything, because you know we all have good days, bad days – and you can dilute that with others who aren’t on that particular day struggling.

“I think it makes such a difference for your child, keeping them as constant and happy as possible.”

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