Prince William Reveals His Biggest Fears From Having Kids

Prince William at Future Men event
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Prince William and Kate Middleton might seem like old pros at the parenting game, with three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, but even the Duke of Cambridge admits that he has worries. At a recent visit to the charity Future Men, which helps prepare soon-to-be dads for fatherhood, William shared some of his experiences.

What’s Prince William’s biggest fear about having kids?

Parenthood isn’t for the faint of heart — and that idea isn’t lost on William, even though he’s a prince. He explained to the dads-to-be in attendance how children are such a huge responsibility, but those early days with a new baby were worrisome to him.

William explained: “They are so fragile and everything’s so tiny, their little fingers and toes, you do feel like if you move them around too much they’re going to break almost but they don’t.”

He continued: “The fear of having a newborn baby that’s very vulnerable and that’s what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do? And that’s the thing isn’t it, it’s very daunting of how tiny they are when they first arrive.”

Prince William has taken on diaper duty

One part of the Future Men event involved learning how to change diapers, something that William is all too familiar with after having three children. William spoke with one of the men in attendance, Rick Karadia-Hudson, whose wife is expecting a baby boy in May.

As the man worked at a diaper changing station, getting a baby changed and dressed, Prince William remarked: “It’s never straightforward!,” adding that the “hardest bit is the buttons.”

The prince shared how babies are life changing

One area that Prince William touched on during his visit was mental health, as he noted that “Once the lack of sleep starts setting in, the stress levels go up.”

He added: “From a young age you’re taught to have a vision, have a plan, have a career and all of a sudden babies come along and you have to start thinking about a lot more… It’s such a change, your whole life goes one way and suddenly you’re told to stop in your tracks.”

Kate Middleton also weighed in on mental health

The Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance at a recent conference in London about mental health and education and made a surprising confession about being a new mom.

Middleton shared: “I was very naive myself as a parent, of really just how important particularly the early years are for children’s futures.”

She added: “Over the last eight years working with charities I’ve met some of our leading experts in mental health, addiction, family breakdown, homelessness and education. And how critical it is, everyone looking after children at a critical time, teachers, parents, and everyone who’s caring for them, how important it is that we get it right.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no doubt learning on the job just like every other mom and dad, but they still faced worries when they first started their parenting journey.