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Kate Middleton Opens Up About Feeling Isolated as a New Mom

Kate Middleton, Opens Up, Isolated New Mom

Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty

As the drama surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure seems to have slowed down, royal life continues apace. Today, Kate Middleton visited a parenting center in Cardiff, Wales—part of a whirlwind tour she’s doing to promote her new countrywide survey on early childhood—and opened up about her parenting struggles.

When Middleton gave birth to Prince George, the family had not yet settled into their home in Kensington Palace. Instead, they were living in Anglesey, Wales, where William was stationed with the Royal Air Force. The remote location and William’s work schedule was tough for a new mother, Middleton admitted.

“It was the first year and I’d just had George—William was still working with search and rescue—and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey. It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn’t have any family around, and he was doing night shifts. So if only I had had a center like this,” she said.

Middleton, especially when regarding her kids, usually opens up about the small stuff: their hobbies, for example, or what they like to eat. But as she seeks to champion causes like children’s welfare and mental health awareness (the point of her and William’s foundation, Heads Up), it was an honest—and à propos—admission.

Elsewhere, Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited Sierra Leone to meet with survivors of sexual violence, while Prince Charles gave a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos (and also met Greta Thunberg).

While the past few weeks have been a chaotic one for the Crown, now their social media have returned to normal, their official statements all standard. A clear message is being sent: All is stable.

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