Kate Middleton speaks of ‘mum guilt’ over Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Royal | News (Reports)


Kate opened up on motherhood earlier this year in a candid interview with podcast host Giovanna Fletcher. The Duchess of Cambridge was at ease while speaking about the challenges she personally encounters every day as a mother-of-three. 

Among them there is the so-called “mum guilt” her two eldest children Prince George and Princess Charlotte can easily trigger.

Asked whether she ever experienced this type of guilt by the host of Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Kate said: “Yep – all the time, even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off as school this morning?’

“It’s a constant challenge – you hear it time after time from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend Thomas’s Battersea school in south London. 

Prince William and Kate are known to be hands-on parents and to adapt their working schedule around the needs of their three children as much as possible.

In October last year, the couple undertook a successful tour to Pakistan – which they made sure to end on time for the weekend to be able to spend it with George, Charlotte and Louis.

Kate also admitted she sometimes questions the choices she makes as a mother.

She continued: “[You’re] always sort of questioning your own decisions and your own judgements and things like that, and I think that starts from the moment you have a baby.”  

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By appearing on this podcast, Kate marked a royal first, becoming the first senior member of the Royal Family to ever take part in a similar programme.

The Duchess of Cambridge took part in the interview to raise awareness for her 5 Big Questions survey which ran between January and February.

Later this week, Kate will reveal five findings made thanks to answers given to this survey combined with studies and research.


Yesterday, the Duchess took to social media to announce more than 500,000 people had taken part in the survey.

She said: “Earlier this year, we asked you five big questions about raising our under-fives.

“We wanted to hear what you think about the importance of the earliest years of our children’s lives. 

“More than half a million of you answered that call.

“So we have taken your input and combined it with even more public research, to produce the UK’s biggest ever study on the early years.

“This year has been a hugely challenging time for us all, and there hasn’t been a more important moment to talk about families. 

“Later this week, we will share five big insights we have discovered and I’ll take your questions.

“This is just the beginning, and I want to thank you for starting a conversation because we are all on this journey together.”

This nationwide survey focused on what influences the development of children under the age of five and what period of childhood is most important for children’s happiness.   


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