Kate Middleton admits ‘I suffer from mum guilt’ after George’s innocent question

The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted that she suffers from "mum guilt" when she leaves Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as she travels to carry out her royal duties.

Catherine often travels up and down the country as well as flying across the world for royal tours and attends multiple meetings with her various charities.

The Duchess revealed that she finds it a "constant challenge" to wave goodbye to the royal children – especially when they ask why she can't stay with them, at their Kensington Palace home.

Opening up in her most honest interview to date, the future Queen admitted she was initially nervous about the chat about parenting and childbirth on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.

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When asked if she feels mum guilt, the future Queen said: "Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn't as a mother is actually lying.

"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?'"

Kate continued: "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."

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She also went on to say that she frequently feels guilty about some of the decisions she makes as a parent.

"[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."

Catherine went on to say she deals with the guilt by following advice a "very wise man" once told her.

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"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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Speaking about holding Prince George for the first time, Kate said: "Amazing, amazing. It is extraordinary as I’ve said. How can the human body do that? It is utterly extraordinary actually. And he was very sweet.

"And also sort of relieved that he was a happy, healthy boy."

Despite most people walking out of a maternity unit and being greeted by family, The Duchess was watched by the eyes of the world media, which she claims was "terrifying".

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"Yeah, slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I’m not going to lie."

"I like to decompartmentalise – what’s the word – compartmentalise, yes, the whole thing.

"Everyone had been so supportive and both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and you know we're hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important."

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  • Prince Andrew
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  • Prince George
  • Prince Harry
  • Princess Charlotte
  • Princess Diana
  • Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge

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