Kate Middleton is a pro when it comes to juggling her roles as a mother of three and working in the public eye as a member of the royal family, and the wife of a future king.
But even the Duchess of Cambridge has admitted to struggling like any other mother, when it comes to balancing priorities with family and work life in a rare and candid interview on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast.
The 38-year-old royal parent confessed that she has doubted herself and suffered from 'mum guilt': "Yes, absolutely. And anyone who doesn't as a mother is actually lying! Yep, all the time."
She continued to Giovanna, who is the wife of McFly singer Tom Fletcher, in the podcast: "And you know even this morning… George and Charlotte were like, 'Mummy, how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?'…
"It's a constant challenge – you hear it time and time again from mums, even mums who aren't necessarily working and aren't pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life."
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Kate, who has George, six, Charlotte, four, and 22-month-old Louis with Prince William, declared that motherhood has given her a "new enjoyment" in life but that she had struggled with the guilt of working away.
She explained that a "very wise man" had told her that actually there there was no need to worry about being solely responsible for the wellbeing and nurture of her children as long as they were surrounded by good people.
"The more people you have around your children who are safe and loving and caring, the better."
She added: "It was a real weight off my shoulders that actually it’s not totally my responsibility to do everything, because you know we all have good days, bad days – and if you can dilute that with others who aren’t on that particular day struggling… I think it makes such a difference for your child, and keeping them as constant and happy as possible."
Kate, who married Prince William in 2011, said that she enjoys spending "quality time" with her kids, but wasn't as concerned if she couldn't be there all the time.
"It's the simple things that really make a difference. It's spending quality time with your children, it's not whether you've done every single drop-off and every single pick-up."
Kate also gave an interesting insight into what life is like behind the closed doors of Kensington Palace, where they reside with their three children, speaking about what they get up to as a family.
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"Someone did ask me the other day, what would you want your children to remember about their childhood? And I thought that was a really good question because actually, if you really think about that, is it that I'm sitting down trying to do their maths and spelling homework over the weekend? Or is it the fact that we've gone out and lit a bonfire and sat around trying to cook sausages that hasn'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 the family going to the beach, getting soaking wet, filling our boots full of water… not a stressful household where you're trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing."
The proud mum and keen photographer also spoke about the memories she has already made with her children and in particular the photos she has.
‘I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and it’s moments like that which mean so much to me as a parent.
"I try everyday to put moments like that in even if I don’t have time… but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do."
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