Kate Middleton may be a royal but what will always distinguish her as phenomenal or ‘real’ in our hearts is her title of mother. The global fascination and the never-ending love affair with the Duchess of Cambridge become even more pertinent when she presents to the world a truism we may not have naturally considered - her less than idyllic feelings about motherhood.
Kate shared some rare insight with Harper’s Bazaar, into her experiences as a mother while visiting the U.K. charity Family Action. She spoke with fellow moms and volunteers about the honest challenges of being a parent. She’s remains dignified although forthright as she explains, "It's so hard, you get a lot of support as a mother particularly in the early days and maybe up to the age that they're one," adding, "But after that there isn't a huge amount—lots of books to read," she continued, per E! News. The Duchess also noted that "everybody experiences the same struggle." In essence, the emotional and physical marathon indicative of motherhood does not overlook the entitled.
Even Kate, mother of three children; Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, who will turn one in April with husband Prince William could use some support - moral or otherwise. She is not customarily disposed to sharing her private details with the world but it seems to be indicative of the changing British monarchy and not only is it desired - it’s imperative and it’s powerful. Moms everywhere can relate to this iconic figure who in essence has identical demands as a parent - thereupon Kate’s authenticity is valuable.
A volunteer at the charity expressed that the duchess recognizes "that families have the same pressures and struggles and she's no exception," E! reports. "She may have slightly different circumstances to the rest of us but, you know, being a parent is being a parent"
Kate's visit harmonized fittingly with the launch of FamilyLine, the organization's new helpline for parents seeking support. It is designed to help family members cope with the daily stress of being in a family and dealing with mental health. A network of volunteers from across the country support parents and caregivers virtually, through free telephone calls, email and text messaging.
Family Action also provides the charity’s beneficiaries with parenting sessions run by counselors. According to Hello, On top of helping to launch the service, Kate will commemorate the organization’s 150th year of positively impacting the lives of vulnerable children and their families. An incredible honor.
Kate is supporting innovative services which reach out to those in need - strengthening families and communities, building skills and resilience and improving the life chances of children and adults because as a mother she realizes the need. Kate has expressed that motherhood is “overwhelming” and a “huge challenge” and naturally struggles with her own lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance - despite how privileged. Rubbish as this may seem to many - the toil of motherhood does not discriminate.
After giving birth to her first child, Kate confided,“Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together.”
Praising the new initiative with a group of women at the charity, the Duchess said, "I don't know where else you'd go, particularly as you're saying, for this parental support, and advice, and things like that."