Prince William “guided” Duchess Catherine through podcast nervousness

Duchess Catherine appeared on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast last year

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Cardiff Castle with Prince William
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Duchess Catherine’s podcast appearance on Happy Mum, Happy Baby last year delighted many royal fans, as she warmly discussed the highs and lows of motherhood. 

Now some have suggested that the Duchess of Cambridge was “guided” in the run-up to this significant interview by Prince William. Duchess Catherine was reportedly “nervous” about going through with the “candid” podcast recording. On Happy Mum, Happy Baby, she opened up about her own experience of motherhood and explained more about her early years’ work. In November 2020, it was reported that the Duchess’ 5 Big Questions on the Under 5s survey received a record-breaking number of responses. 

Though it seems that preparing to reveal details of her family and working life to listeners and podcast host Giovanna Fletcher was a nerve-wracking ordeal. 

It has now been suggested that it was Prince William who inspired the Duchess to go ahead with the interview. 

How did Prince William support Duchess Catherine?

Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito recently discussed the show as part of a breakdown of the best royal moments of 2020.

As reported by, Ms Bowie told their listeners, “I just feel like that was so great" and "it was so relatable”. She also spoke about the suggestion that Prince William helped his wife overcome her nerves about the interview. 

“There was a revelation that came out just this month that Prince William was actually the one that guided Kate. She was nervous and he said, 'don't stress about it, just talk'," the host said.  

She continued: "He told her that they could always edit it in post if she went a little too candid,” adding that “I think that freedom for her really played out well.”

As the host explained, “It was also the launch of the 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.

"That was really the intention of her going on."

What did Duchess Catherine say about motherhood on the podcast?

As reported by, Ms Fiorito spoke of how “we had never heard her so candid”. Reflecting that the podcast recording happened “before all the Zoom calls”, she explained that "So much of what we saw of Kate was her in photos and on these royal tours."

The host remarked, "we didn't just get that much of her actually talking” prior to the podcast. However, they revealed that on the podcast, Duchess Catherine “talked about her Lindo Wing experience with George” and how it was “slightly terrifying, but it was important for her to do.”

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England

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"She talked about her morning sickness, her choice of hypnobirthing and also her mum guilt," they remarked. 

On the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Duchess Catherine spoke of how “it’s a constant challenge” to balance family and working life. Duchess Catherine and Prince William are proud parents to Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5) and Prince Louis (2).

The Cambridges are currently understood to be at their Norfolk countryside home, Anmer Hall, where they spent Christmas together as a family.

Emma Shacklock

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