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In recent years, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has taken on more and more duties as a senior working member of the British royal family. Most of the duchess’s patronages have focused on childhood development and early childhood education. Though her schedule is increasingly busy, Kate has also been a devoted mother to her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

As the future queen consort, the duchess is often traveling or working long hours. However, she has still remained incredibly hands-on when it comes to parenting her children. Kate and Prince William only have one nanny for their children, Maria Borrallo, and they keep their children on a tight schedule to make sure they have stability despite their very visible life.

Though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge keep their children out of the spotlight as best as they can, the duchess has become more vocal about the things she’s experienced in motherhood. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has also given her the opportunity to spend even more quality time with her kiddos.

Kate Middleton has gotten candid about motherhood

Being a mother is not an easy job, especially when everything you do and every choice you make is up for public scrutiny. William and Kate have made it a point to thwart some royal traditions when it comes to raising their children. They often break protocol to squat at their kids’ level even when they are in public. Also, the Cambridges have decided to wait to tell Prince George he will be king one day.

In fact, the duchess is determined to give her children as normal of a childhood as she possibly can. 

“I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now,” she revealed on the podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby with Giovanna Fletcher.

Still, motherhood can be extremely challenging, which is why the duchess feels it’s so important to speak out about it. 

“It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated, but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through,” she said back in 2017, according to E! News. “It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you.”

Kate Middleton has been spending quality time with her children amid quarantine

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Cambridges have been spending quality time as a family at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

“It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie,” Kate told BBC. “Children have got such stamina. I don’t know how, honestly. You get to the end of the day and you write a list of all the things you’ve done in that day. You’ve pitched a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake, you get to the end of the day. They’ve had a lovely time. It’s amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.”

In fact, the Cambridges just celebrated Prince Louis’ second birthday in quarantine. 

“Unfortunately Kate’s had to call off Louis’ big birthday party because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the celebrations haven’t been completely canceled,” an insider told US Weekly. “They’ll just do something smaller with immediate family only.” 

From the photos, it looks like Prince Louis still had a magical time.

Kate Middleton thinks Prince Louis is the only one of her children who looks like her

Prince Louis has gotten so big in the past year that he looks like a mini replica of his big brother, Prince George. However, the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly thinks he looks just like her. 

“Everyone always comments on how Louis is the spitting image of Kate,” a source told People. “She loves it and thinks it’s very sweet, she often jokes that he’s the only one of her kids who actually looks like her!”