The royal shares the same worries about motherhood as we do!
The Duchess of Cambridge has never been afraid to open up about the rollercoaster of emotions felt by new mothers and share her own personal experiences of motherhood.
Recently, as part of the Heads Together Campaign supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the royals revealed a new film featuring the three of them discussing mental health.
The new film was released as part of the Heads Together ‘#OkToSay series, which has featured many famous faces and well-known names talking openly and honestly about mental health and their personal struggles.
Prince Harry had already spoken out bravely about his personal struggles in a groundbreaking interview, and brothers William and Harry also open up in the video about how they wish they had spoken about their mother Princess Diana more after her death.
In the video, the Duchess of Cambridge opened up about the, “life changing moment” she became a mother for the first time.
“Nothing can really prepare you for that” Kate said, reflecting on the moment she became a mum to little Prince George back in 2013.
The Duchess also reminisced about how she felt overwhelmed in the first stages of new motherhood. “I remember the first few days with little George…you have no idea what you’re doing” Kate admitted to William and Harry.
Turning to her husband Prince William Kate said, “Can you remember up in Anglesey, we’d had our couple of weeks of family support and then you were keen to get back to work, and I was like ‘no I’ll come with you of course’ so we scooted off back to Anglesey with George and those first few weeks were a steep learning curve.”
As Kate, William and Harry had asked others to start conversations on Mental Health with friends and family, the film was their way of showing that they are taking part as well.
Kate describes becoming a mother as, “a sheer overwhelming experience”
The Duchess has also spoken previously at the Royal College for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as part of the Heads Together campaign. Kate was there to launch a series of films about parent and infant mental health by UK charity Best Beginnings.
Two in ten women suffer mental health issues during pregnancy or in the year after their child’s birth. So there has never been a more important time for an open discussion about mental health.
The Duchess, who is mother to George 3, and Charlotte, 1, spoke about the pressures facing new mums to ‘be a perfect parent’. Sharing her own experiences of motherhood, she also touched on the feeling of pretending, “we’re all coping perfectly and loving every minute of it” whilst secretly struggling.
“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience” the Duchess said.
However, she also revealed that she hasn’t always found it easy. Struggling sometimes to meet the demands of motherhood, Kate confessed, “at times it has also been a huge challenge – even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”
Kate described becoming a mother as, “a sheer overwhelming experience”, in addition to confessing that she has moments of self-doubt or a lack of confidence where she questions if she’s doing everything right.
“For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance.”
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“I would love to see everyone celebrate and value the fundamental importance that mothers play in family life.”
After her speech, The Duchess also took the time to meet mums who had faced difficult experiences when becoming parents. They not only shared their stories with Kate but discussed the importance of asking for help without feeling ashamed or scared.