Thursday, 21 Oct 2021

Princess Charlotte triggered Kate’s ‘mum guilt’ after not taking her to school

Kate Middleton is arguably the most devoted mum of all senior royals.

In a change of tradition, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with husband Prince William, takes care of most of the parenting duties herself.

They employ just one nanny for their three children, George, seven, Charlotte, who celebrates her sixth birthday today, and Louis, three.

However, as with most busy parents, work often means having to leave our kids behind at some point.

But working as a prominent member of the Royal Family comes with unique responsibilities for the couple, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Thursday, including overseas travel and extended stays away from home.

And while her jet-setting lifestyle might be a dream to many, Kate admits she feels extreme 'mum guilt' every time she has to say goodbye to her children.

In an interview with Giovanna Fletcher, Kate admitted she struggled with mum guilt when she had to say goodbye to her children, the Mirror reported.

She also explained that there is one question that George and Charlotte ask that gets to her.

Speaking on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, she said she "absolutely" felt mum guilt.

She added: "Anyone who doesn't as a mother is actually lying.

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"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 at 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."

During the chat, Kate also admitted she sometimes feels guilty about the parenting decisions she makes.

She said: "[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."

She goes on to explain how she deals with the guilt, relaying something a "very wise man" told her.

She said: "The more people you have around your children who are safe and loving and caring, the better.

"So yeah – it was a real weight off my shoulders that actually it's not totally my responsibility to do everything, because you know we all have good days, bad days – and you can dilute that with others who aren't on that particular day struggling.

"I think it makes such a difference for your child, keeping them as constant and happy as possible."

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