Kate Middleton Admits that Motherhood Can Be "Lonely" and "Isolated"
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Despite Kate Middleton's royal status, the Duchess of Cambridge is in no way exempt from the ups and downs of parenthood. While visiting the new Global Academy school in West London, Middleton got candid with Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, co-founders of Mush, a new app dedicated to connecting new mothers, about her own issues coming to terms with motherhood.
"Yes, 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," she told the crowd, as reported by The Daily Mail. "It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you."
This falls in line with the Duchess's brave comments about parenthood just last month when she admitted that motherhood has been a "huge challenge" for her, even with all of the extra help she receives. "Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost."
Her latest show of vulnerability falls in line with Prince William and Prince Harry's candid confessions regarding their mother's untimely death—all part of the royals' larger push to banish the stigma surrounding mental health. "We have heard time and time again …how talking can help heal hidden challenges that we can't deal with alone," Middleton said of their mental health campaign. This refreshing honesty about motherhood seems to be her way of speaking out.