On 23rd March Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attended an event in London to launch a series of films, by charity Best Beginnings, which aim to support mental health in mothers.
At the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Duchess visited parents and delivered a speech on motherhood, in order to support new parents who suffer with mental health problems such as depression. She donned a stunning £1,200 pink skirt suit by Brit label Eponine for the event.
But during the course of the day, the Duchess admitted her own struggles with parenthood, since bringing little Prince George, three, and one-year-old Princess Charlotte, into the world.
Catherine admitted that being a mother has been a “wonderful and rewarding” experience, but didn’t hesitate to admit how truly difficult she found it sometimes. She said “However, at times it has also been a huge challenge – even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not.”
Catherine also discussed something that will certainly ring true with most parents, about the overwhelming mix of emotions that bringing a new life into the world can deliver. She said, “Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together.
(Catherine with Prince William and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, on a visit to Canada in 2016)
“Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”
And she revealed that, like everyone else, being a member of the royal family doesn’t stop you from suffering from parenting worries and anxieties, saying “For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times, lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance.”
But the Duchess’ advice for parenthood? She admitted that her preferred way of dealing with it, is to simply do her best.
“And yet there is no rule book… You just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family.
Later on at the event, Catherine met one mother, 21-year-old Kirsty Francois, who struggled to cope with life as a young mother, after having her daughter, Teegan Mia, at 19.
The Duchess asked her, “Did sharing your feelings help, do you think?”, with Kirsty agreeing that, “Yes, the floodgates opened”
Best Beginnings is a charity partner of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s Heads Together campaign, which aims to give a voice to mental health.