Kate Middleton Talks about Isolation She Felt as a New Mom in Wales with a Little Baby
Kate Middleton got candid with fellow moms about feeling isolated when she first became a mother, during a visit to children and parent's center.
Kate Middleton visited a children and parents center while in Cardiff, Wales, and shared with the mothers some of the struggles she's had as a mom. She told the women,
"It's nice to be back in Wales. [Prince William and I lived here] the first year [after] I just had George."
The Duchess of Cambridge pointed out that her husband was working with search and rescue at the time, and was barely home. She added,
"It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn't have any family around, and he was doing night shifts. So, if only I had a center like this."
At the time, the couple lived at Anglesey, where Prince William was stationed for his service with the Royal Air Force. The couple was also newly married at the time, and Middleton juggled a lot by herself.
The center the Duchess visited is the Ely and Careau Children's Center. She commended the heads of the center for the excellent work they are doing in the Welsh capital.
The mom-of-one said no one asked her how she was doing after she had Archie.
Middleton's speech came at the end of her visit, which saw her play with babies. She also advised the mothers on the importance of giving their children the appropriate training and help they need in their formative years.
Photos of the visit also got shared by Kensington Royal on Instagram. The caption showed that the Duchess is launching a survey on the development of children under the age of five, and
"The launch of the survey follows eight years of work by the Duchess, in which she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges."
Aside from the survey, Middleton will have her hands full with several charity commitments. She will reportedly take over some of the Royal charities left behind by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Markle and Harry chose to step away from their roles after experiencing a lot of struggles in the past year. The former actress had a hard time during her pregnancy due to public scrutiny.
In an interview last year, the mom-of-one said no one asked her how she was doing after she had Archie. Meghan noted she was vulnerable during her pregnancy and after she gave birth.
Middleton and Markle are two people among thousands of women who struggle during and after pregnancy. Like the rest, there is always a societal pressure to do better as a mom.
Thankfully, the women have doctors and a reliable support system. The latter is mostly family, and that's what the Royals relied on, and continue to rely on to overcome their struggles.