Kate tells sin­gle dad of duke’s par­ent strug­gle

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JACK HARDY

The Duchess of Cam­bridge has told a sin­gle fa­ther how her hus­band, the Duke of Cam­bridge, ini­tially found it dif­fi­cult ad­just­ing to par­ent­hood.

Kate met fa­ther Billy, 39, dur­ing a visit to a care cen­tre for ex­pec­tant and new par­ents, af­ter her own preg­nancy led to a pre­vi­ous trip be­ing de­layed.

Billy is rais­ing his sev­en­month-old daugh­ter Vi­o­let alone af­ter tak­ing cus­tody from her mother and spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ences at Hornsey Road Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in north Lon­don.

The duchess, who is cur­rently preg­nant with her third child, de­scribed how Wil­liam had felt he did not know what ex­actly to do when he first be­came a fa­ther.

Fam­ily Ac­tion, a char­ity of which the Queen is pa­tron, is among the or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing ser­vices at the care fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing vi­tal care and men­tal health sup­port for par­ents.

Speak­ing af­ter meet­ing Kate, Billy said: “She was say­ing Wil­liam was sort of sim­i­lar and I just wanted to let her know how Fam­ily Ac­tion have been there for me and I think they need more sup­port.”

Billy said the mother of his daugh­ter showed up on his doorstep out of the blue, say­ing she was preg­nant and had al­ready had two chil­dren taken away so could not care for a third.

He said: “I was un­der men­tal health my­self, I was suf­fer­ing from se­vere de­pres­sion and I thought I’m not go­ing to let my daugh­ter go into care, I’m go­ing to step up and do this - I man­aged to turn my­self around.

“I’ve been do­ing it from day one at the hospi­tal, fed her her first bot­tle.”

Duchess of Cam­bridge

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