By Josh Duboff. Photos: Getty Images.
The Duchess of Cambridge is one of the most famous people in the world, and she is also the mother of two children, so by the transitive property or whatever (this introduction is basically a high-school algebra class), she is one of the most famous mothers in the world.
But while Kate always looks immaculate, and the glimpses we get of her life with Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1, always seem almost egregiously perfect, it is not, according to the Duchess, always so easy!
Delivering a speech on Thursday as part of a charity event, Kate described what motherhood has meant for her, and the ways in which having children changed her life. “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience,” she said. “However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”
Kate discussed the transformation she felt after having kids. “Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together,” she assessed. “Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”
And there are challenges, too, as the Duchess recounted that at certain times she has felt a “lack of confidence” and “feelings of ignorance” being a parent.
Prince William has also discussed the difficulties associated with parenthood: “I’ve struggled at times," he said on Talk Vietnam, during a visit to that country last November. “The alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing.”
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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