Kate ‘put on the spot’ over wish to speak with her younger pregnant self ‘Is that weird?’

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise break from royal tradition by guest-starring on a podcast discussing motherhood on Saturday. Kate explained her thoughts and feelings on the difficulties of being a mother and the anxiousness and self-doubt all mothers can feel after having children. Happy Mum Happy Baby host Giovanna Fletcher, who admitted she likes to “put people on the spot”, surprised Kate as she asked the Duchess who she would write a letter to on motherhood.

Kate explained that her experience and journey as a mother would allow her to pass on the “huge amount” of knowledge she has amassed over the years to her younger self when she first became pregnant.

Ms Fletcher asked: “If you could write a letter to anyone about motherhood, who would it be to and what would you say?”

Kate answered: “Can I write back to myself, is that really weird?

“I think I would have liked to write to myself at the beginning of my pregnancy with my first child.

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“This is not just because of what I have experienced as a mother but also what I have learnt on my journey.

“I have learnt a huge amount that I would really love to go back and tell myself at the beginning.

“The things that I feel now really matter in terms of being a parent and what really matters to my children now.”

While on the podcast she revealed that she had a “very happy childhood,” doing all the “simple” things and what she hopes she will continue to bring to her children as a mother.

She said: “With my own children, life now is so busy. It’s so distracting and actually those simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day provided such enjoyment.

“And actually, I remember that from my own childhood. Doing simple things like going for a walk together.

“That’s what I really try to do with my children as well, as it totally strips away all the complications and pressures as a parent.

“I think those simple experiences also mean so much to children and the world that they’re in. It provides a real adventure.

“If you really think about that, is it that I’m sitting down trying to do the maths and studying homework over the weekend? Or it is having bonfires, sitting around trying to cook sausages that haven’t worked because it’s too wet?

“That’s what I would want them to remember, those moments with me as a mother but also as a family, going to the beach.”

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