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January 24, 2019

Kate Middleton 'experiences the same struggle,' like all other mothers, except with a nanny

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A reminder that Royals are humans too despite the advantages they may seem to possess. Nobody, Royal or not, has the key to parenting. 

That is the message that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton passed across when she paid a visit to the Family Action charity at their quarters in Lewisham, South London on Tuesday. The mother of three is well-qualified to speak frankly about childcare, and that was what she did.

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Dressed in a bespoke pine-green belted dress designed by Beulah; a designer that supports victims of abuse, she said: 

"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 one, it falls away. After that there isn't a huge amount - lots of books to read. Everybody experiences the same struggle."

Kate had previously admitted when addressing the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that motherhood hadn’t always been easy for her, even though she had help. While there was no denying that there are joys in motherhood, the Duchess admitted it could be very challenging at times.

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The purpose of her visit to the FamilyAction quarters was to launch FamilyLine, a telephone, text and email service assisting parents and carers facing a hard time in their roles. She also witnessed a roleplaying training session between FamilyLine volunteers and staff.

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A mother who participated in the training, Sagari Sarkar, seemed to connect deeply with the Duchess’s experience. Sagari commented that Kate was an active parent and that gave her a mastery of the issues at hand. 

"She may have slightly different circumstances to the rest of us but, you know, being a parent is being a parent. We all have the same struggles and challenges," Sarkar went on to say.

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In between her charity work, the 37-year-old engages in some other activities. A few days ago, she visited the Royal Opera House in London where she learned about their use of textiles, commissioning of fabric and supply chains. Stylish as ever, she wore a purple, two-piece Oscar de la Renta suit she was last spotted wearing at a conference in 2017. 

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While she replaced her usually nude stockings for black, opaque ones, she wore a pair of black, Rupert Sanderson stilettos with a gold buckle. A romantic ballet, the Two Pigeons, was specially performed for her, which Kate seemed to enjoy greatly judging from the giggles and jokes she shared with the dancers after the performance.

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