Every Time Kate Middleton and Prince William Got Super Candid About Parenthood

When Kate Middleton and Prince William speak to the public, they usually come across as perfectly polite and proper. On a few occasions, however, while discussing their roles as parents, they haven’t been afraid to let down their guards and admit to the reality of raising children.

They may be royals, but they’ve definitely proven they still have some real-life struggles just like us. Here’s every time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got super candid about parenthood.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Feeling ‘lonely’ and ‘isolated’

After Middleton gave birth to her first son, Prince George, in 2013, she had to adjust to her life as a new mother. She admitted while meeting with women at the Global Academy, “It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated. But actually so many other mothers are going through what you are going through, but it’s being brave enough to actually reach out.”

Calling becoming a mother ‘overwhelming’

Middleton is known for keeping her cool in public. As it turns out, she definitely wasn’t keeping her cool behind closed doors when she was learning how to become a mother.

She admitted, “Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”

Kate Middleton holding her daughter, Princess Charlotte

Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Wanting their children to express their emotions

It’s not always easy to raise children to feel comfortable with opening up about their feelings. However, it’s the type of household William and Middleton strive to create.

William explained in an interview with CALMzine, “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings. Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a clear and emotionally articulate way, something most adults would struggle with.”

Encouraging communication

Like William, one of Middleton’s goals as a parent is to encourage open and honest communication. She wrote in the Huffington Post, “We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older.”

“We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness,” she added.

Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the hospital with Prince Louis

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis | Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

Keeping them up at night

Yes, even the royal family has to deal with their children keeping them up at night. During a 2014 tour of New Zealand, William got candid with his governor’s residence host. He joked, “I hope that George doesn’t keep you up. He has been known to be particularly vocal at 3 am. I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning.”

What it was like having two children

Before Middleton and William became parents to their third child, Prince Louis, they adjusted to life with two children. William told the BBC of Princess Charlotte, “It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven.”

“But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He’s a little monkey,” he added. “It is fantastic having a lovely little family, and I am so thrilled.”