Kate Middleton laid bare her “mummy guilt” during a landmark podcast on Saturday, recorded as part of her efforts to bring about a “generational change” in early-years childcare.
The duchess told the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast that she suffered anxiety about her performance as a mother “all the time”, adding that “anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying”.
“Questioning your own decisions, and your own judgements, and things like that… I think that starts from the moment you have a baby,” said the mother-of-three. “I totally underestimated the impact and the change it had on our lives. Asked if she felt “mummy guilt”, the duchess — mother to George, aged six, Charlotte, four and Louis, 20 months, responded — “yes, absolutely”.
She said she “definitely would have done things different… knowing what I know now” referring to her first pregnancy with Prince George. The morning sickness that she suffered with all three of her children had strained the family, she said.
“William didn’t feel he could do much to help and it’s hard for everyone to see you suffering without actually being able to do anything about it,” she explained.
Despite the challenges, she said that since having children she had “found a new enjoyment out of life”.—AP