Kate Mid­dle­ton: I felt lonely as a new mother

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Re­becca English news@dailymail.ie

‘It is lonely at times – you do feel quite iso­lated,’ said Kate, mother to Prince Ge­orge, three, and Princess Char­lotte, who is nearly two years old.

She also urged par­ents to start teach­ing chil­dren about emo­tions be­fore they can even talk, say­ing it is ‘es­sen­tial’ to en­cour­age ‘good men­tal health’ at a young age through play.

She was speak­ing at a pub­lic en­gage­ment with her hus­band, Prince Wil­liam, and brother-in­law, Prince Harry, to open a new academy school in Lon­don.

Ms Mid­dle­ton wore a chic crim­son suit with a flat­ter­ing ruched jacket from the Ar­mani Collezioni line, cost­ing €650. She paired it with nude Ru­pert San­der­son heels and a match­ing clutch bag.

The visit fol­lows five days of cam­paign­ing by the young royals on men­tal health, with Prince Harry speak­ing about how he had sought pro­fes­sional help af­ter com­ing close to a break­down over his mother’s death, and Wil­liam dis­clos­ing he still feels the shock of Diana’s loss.

Talk­ing to Katie Massie-Tay­lor and Sarah Hesz, co-founders of an app for new moth­ers, Kate sug­gested par­ents should have ‘age-ap­pro­pri­ate con­ver­sa­tions… bring­ing in the topic of men­tal health’.

She said: ‘It’s the same with younger chil­dren, and help­ing par­ents to start th­ese con­ver­sa­tions from a much ear­lier age, but through play, even if their lan­guage hasn’t yet de­vel­oped.

‘Very young chil­dren ac­tu­ally don’t even have the lan­guage to ex­press how they’re feel­ing, so it comes out in be­havioural prob­lems. So be­ing able to find ways to ad­dress those prob­lems re­ally early on is great.’

Kate has pre­vi­ously spo­ken of the dif­fi­cul­ties of moth­er­hood. KATE Mid­dle­ton yes­ter­day be­came the lat­est mem­ber of the Bri­tish royal fam­ily to high­light men­tal health is­sues, ad­mit­ting that be­ing a new mother can be strug­gle.

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