Kate Middleton speaks on feeling lonely as a mother
Princess Kate Middleton recently revealed that she has struggled with loneliness as a mother just like other parents. She encouraged mothers during their motherhood journey to reach out to other mothers who are probably feeling isolated and network with them.
Kate, the mother of 3-year-old Prince George and almost 2-year-old Princess Charlotte made this emotional confession at the opening of a London school that incorporates mental health into its curriculum.
According to Kate: “It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through,” Kate, 35, told two young mothers who started an app as a meeting place for young moms navigating parenthood. “It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you.”
Kate, who attended the school opening with Prince William and Prince Harry, encouraged students and parents to use the support network around them because many parents are facing the same, often overwhelming issues. She also told parents that mental health awareness should begin at an early age.
“Start these conversations from a much earlier age but through play, even if their language hasn’t yet developed,” Kate said.
William, Kate and Harry spent the morning discussing mental health at the Global Academy school in Hayes, near London, which also focuses on teaching students skills in the media industry. The royal trio has spent the last week in a high-profile, coordinated campaign encouraging people to open up about mental health.
William, Kate and Harry founded the Heads Together campaign to prioritize mental health and end the taboo and stigma around seeking help for mental health issues. Their year-long campaign culminates this weekend at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in which a team of more than 700 runners are participating to raise mental health awareness.