Kate Middleton Describes Seeing ‘Pure Joy’ On Prince William’s Face When They Welcomed Prince George

Kate Middleton recently opened up about giving birth to her first-born son, Prince George. The Duchess of Cambridge described what it was like watching Prince William express “pure joy” when he found out that his first child was a boy. The interview was a part of Kate’s new initiative, 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives, which promotes early childhood development.

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Kate Middleton, with Prince William and Prince George | Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Kate Middleton shares her thoughts on being a parent

Middleton has been very busy with her new child development program, which asks parents in the UK about the values they are passing on to their kids. The goal of the initiative is to start a conversation and ultimately change the way people understand their roles as parents.

As part of the program, Middleton took part in a very personal interview on Giovanna Fletcher’s podcast, called “Happy Mum, Happy Baby.” During their chat, she discussed a variety of topics, including how she felt about becoming a mother for the first time.

Kate Middleton revealed that she had a lot of questions throughout her first pregnancy, and, like most people, was unsure if she was rightly equipped to raise a child.

Kate also talked about the moment she held Prince George for the first time and admitted that she was in awe about the miracle of childbirth.

“It is extraordinary–how can the human body do that?” Kate shared. “It is utterly extraordinary, actually. [George] was very sweet, and [I was] sort of relieved that he was a happy, healthy boy.”

How did Prince William react to becoming a father?

Middleton wasn’t the only one who was overwhelmed with emotion during George’s birth. According to Town and Country, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that William was practically glowing when he learned that George was a boy.

“It was a surprise. But also seeing… you know, your husband, William… seeing the pure joy of his face, it was really special,” she stated.

Kate Middleton went on to talk about what it was like holding George outside of the hospital’s Lindo Wing shortly after the birth. Although she looked very composed at the time of the photo, she admitted that the entire experience was “terrifying.”

This is probably why Meghan Markle decided against taking a photo after she welcomed her first child, Archie Harrison, last spring. As royal watchers will recall, Meghan opted for a private birth and later shared photos of her newborn on social media.

Although Middleton wasn’t too thrilled about the photo opportunity, she did say she understood that fans were excited about seeing George for the first time. At the end of the day, she felt like it was very important to give the public a look at George and share the experience with them.

Why is the Duchess of Cambridge being so candid about motherhood?

Middleton has been married to William for close to a decade. While the two now share three children, she rarely gives interviews about her personal life.

A source close to the family says that Kate Middleton is opening up about being a mother because she genuinely wants to share her experiences with the public. The source says that she is not taking part in an exercise of vanity and is serious about her work in early childhood development.

“She is exposing herself,” the insider dished. “This is not a vanity exercise. This is her talking about her work and what she has learned as a mother because of her work.”

Middleton, of course, chatted about her own childhood during the podcast and revealed that her family was very tight-knit. She also stated that her grandmother was a huge influence on her life and was never hesitant about spending time with her and her siblings.

Kate Middleton talks about juggling family and her royal duties

As a senior member of the royal family, Middleton has a score of royal engagements to complete every year. Just like a normal working mother, the Duchess of Cambridge often finds it hard to balance her time between work and home.

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

Middleton also confessed that she often feels guilty when she has to leave her children at home to perform her royal duties. The interview all but confirms that she is very hands-on when it comes to raising her children.

Prince William and Kate Middleton share three children — George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. She gave birth to Louis in the spring of 2018 and is rumored to be thinking about adding another child to the mix.