What Kate Middleton Says She Struggles With About Being a Mom

Every parent faces challenges when it comes to raising their children, even royals.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have a full-time nanny to help with their children but they still go through some of the same difficulties as other parents with their three little ones. Here’s what Middleton has said she struggles with about being a mother and why most people can relate, plus what rules the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge already have in place for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte
Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Middleton says every parent experiences this struggle

During a visit to the charity Family Action in London, Middleton talked to several parents and volunteers about the issues mothers and fathers face after the first year of their child’s life.

“It’s so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of 1 it falls away,” she said. “After that there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read. Everybody experiences the same struggle.”

The duchess continued, “Personally becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it’s also been a huge challenge, even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”

The Family Action organization aims to “transform lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.”

Middleton attended the event to launch the new program FamilyLine, which is a free hotline that allows parents to get advice on difficult familial issues. It’s also available via email and text messaging.

What Prince William feared about parenthood

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

Middleton’s husband also recently opened up about being a parent and revealed what he feared when he became a father for the first time after the birth of Prince George.

In February 2019, Prince William spoke at an event in the U.K. called Future Dads, which helps men prepare for fatherhood.

The royal told the group that babies are “so fragile, 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 … 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.”

Rules William and Middleton have for their children

Just like other moms and dads William and Middleton have rules for their kids at home but with certain things, they’re still trying to decide what should and shouldn’t be allowed.

“We still haven’t worked out what the right balance is for online time,” William previously admitted in an interview. “We’re going to have that discussion with our family, how on earth are we going to police and have family time when the phones are all put down and you’re offline? Because we’re all so connected now that we’ve got to say, ‘Right, for instance, we’re eating now.'”

As for TV time, the Cambridge children can watch some as long as they watch programs together as a family.

William told Radio 1 that when watching a show with his oldest son, “You have to pretend you’re really interested in it because George gets very upset if you’re not showing due diligence to the characters.”

But the most important thing they want their children to do is be open about what their feeling and always communicate that to them.

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