Kate Middleton admits she 'absolutely' feels guilty when her children make this heartbreaking request

Kate Middleton feels guilty as a parent, she admits on a parenting podcast: 'Anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying'

Prince Louis of Cambridge covers his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's mouth with his hand as they attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.
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Kate Middleton feels guilty that her children are unable to enjoy normal lives. Speaking on a podcast, she laid bare her vulnerabilities and revealed the heartbreaking questions her children ask.

Raising children comes with many challenges and even with all the help she has bringing up three of the Queen's great-grandchildren - Kate Middleton feels guilty as a parent.

Speaking on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, the royal admitted that she 'absolutely' feels guilt as a mother. “Anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying,” she sagely added.

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour

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It all might seem pretty exciting to be a royal - appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for big events, sitting in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, doing summer at  Balmoral Castle and Christmas at Sandringham House too. However, as evidenced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's revelations - it may also be seen as a gilded cage.

The restrictions that come with their birthright are many including one thing that parents may take for granted - bringing their kids to school. The Duchess explained the heartbreaking fact that Prince George and Princess Charlotte often ask, "Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off?”

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.

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Kate Middleton feels guilty, in a way that many mothers do when trying to get the balance right. “It’s a constant challenge," she admitted. "You hear it time after time from mums, who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.” 

She added that she regularly questions her, "decisions and judgements,” an issue which she said starts, “from the moment you have a baby." 

Despite her admission, Kate Middleton's parenting of Prince Louis when the adorable young royal acted a little precocious, during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, was praised as 'great example' by Supernanny Jo Frost.

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