The Duchess of Cambridge has opened up about the 'mum guilt' she feels

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

The Duchess of Cambridge has opened up about her experience of an issue many parents will know well - the feeling of guilt when you have to leave a child to honour work commitments.

Speaking on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast, Kate said that yes she does struggle with "mum guilt" and has had "doubts and questions" about being away from her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis when working.

The Duchess says she has these worries "all the time", adding that "it's a constant challenge."

Kate told Giovanna she feels "anyone who doesn’t, as a mother, is actually lying."

The mum of three revealed that on the day of recording the podcast, her two eldest children had questioned why she couldn't take them to school.

"Even this morning, coming here to the nursery visit, George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy, how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’" she told Giovanna.

For the Duchess, it's been important to understand that parents have to lean on their support networks and that, in fact, it's positive for children to have lots of people around them to make their lives happy and safe.

"It’s not totally my responsibility to do everything, we all have good days and bad days, if you can dilute that with others who on that particular day aren’t struggling, it makes such a difference to your child," she said.

Elsewhere in the podcast, Kate spoke about feeling "utterly rotten" during pregnancy due to suffering with the medical condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She turned to hypnobirthing in an attempt to ease the pain she was in.

"I saw the power of it, the meditation and deep breathing when I was really sick, I realised actually this is something I can take control of," she said.

The Duchess also discussed how, despite the complications that can occur in pregnancy, birth and the process of raising kids, it's the "simple things" that matter most.

"It’s the really simple things that really do matter, it’s what I try to remind myself on a daily basis. The strength of family, the simple acts of kindness… make the biggest difference to everybody," she said.

You can listen to the full podcast here.

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