Friday evening I was delighted to see tweets from Kensington Palace about the Duchess doing her first podcast.
The podcast was taped when Kate was at Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Preschool in late January.
Ms. Fletcher is the mother of three boys; Happy Mum, Happy Baby is described as “… a series of frank and warm conversations with other high-profile mums and dads, Gi discusses all aspects of parenthood – the highs, the lows, the challenges and rewards. There is no such thing as the perfect parent, and we’re all simply doing our best, something Giovanna fully encourages.”
In the episode, Kate speaks about giving birth, parenting, “mom guilt,” and other topics, while also covering her Early Years work and the 5 Big Questions survey examining attitudes about early childhood.
In a Town and Country story, Victoria Murphy notes that Kate “… has opened up for more than 30 minutes in an astonishingly frank conversation about motherhood, her own childhood, and her passion for the early years.”
Kensington Palace released an audio clip from the episode.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 15, 2020
The Duchess speaks about being ill during all three pregnancies and her experience with hypnobirthing, something she did with all three deliveries.
“I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that, that they teach you in hypnobirthing, when I was really sick, and actually I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful.”
She spoke about holding Prince George for the first time:
Amazing, amazing. It is extraordinary as I’ve said. How can the human body do that? It is utterly extraordinary. And he was very sweet. And I was also relieved that he was a happy, healthy boy. Also seeing your husband and seeing pure joy on his face – it’s really special.
Ms. Fletcher asks Kate about the experience of introducing Prince George to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing. The Duchess said that it was “slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I’m not going to lie.”
More from the podcast:
Everyone had been so supportive and both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and you know we’re hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important. But equally it was coupled with a new-born baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions.
Kate also spoke about some of the common anxieties of new parents when asked about getting Prince George into the car to head home:
We were like ‘What do we do?… in a swaddle?’. ‘How’s this supposed to work?!’. We’d even tried to practice with a little baby, like a little doll, at home but you know it just never works out the way you planned it so it was quite hard to do that on the world’s stage, but no, he did a very good job.
Kate talked about adapting to being a parent: “…it took us a bit of time to get ourselves settled and going again but that’s the beauty, I suppose of having a new-born baby. You are pulled to your toughest and most unknown places that you hadn’t necessarily even thought about before.”
Kate spoke about her own upbringing, saying, “I had a very happy childhood. It was great fun I’m very lucky I come from a very strong family. My parents were hugely dedicated. I really appreciate now as a parent how much they sacrificed for us. They came to every sports match, they’d be the ones on the sideline shouting, and we’d always have our family holidays together.”
When Ms. Fletcher asked her about what parts of Kate’s own childhood she would like to give George, Charlotte, and Louis, she talked about a picture of Charlotte that she took.
I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent, and I try everyday to put moments like that in even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time… but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do.
The photo was released last night by Kensington Palace.
It appears to have been taken the same day the Duchess took several other photos of the Princess that were released to mark her fourth birthday.
Kate addressed the topic of ‘mom guilt’:
‘Anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying. Even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off as school this morning?’ It’s a constant challenge.’
Below, the Duchess arriving at her engagement the day the podcast was taped.
I have not yet been able to listen to the full episode and am going to do that as soon as I hit ‘publish’. If you would like to listen to the podcast, click here. If you would like to read a transcript of the podcast episode, click here or on the graphic below.
If looking for more detailed information on the outfit, click here for our original post on the engagement.
Because this is more of a ‘what Kate did’ than a ‘what Kate wore’ post, I think it’s okay to relax the comment policy, recognizing you may want to reference the podcast as opposed to the wardrobe.