Daily Express

CAR­ING KATE’S SMILES FOR THE LOCK­DOWN BA­BIES

- By Richard Palmer Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Duchess of Cam­bridge gave sup­port­ive par­ents the royal treat­ment yes­ter­day with a park catch- up to hear how they have bonded dur­ing the pan­demic.

Kate told moth­ers who have pro­vided mu­tual sup­port they should be “very proud” of what they have done to fend off feel­ings of iso­la­tion.

And she said: “It’s good be­ing able to lis­ten and be­ing lis­tened to while be­ing off guard. It is so im­por­tant for your emo­tional well­be­ing.”

Mother- of- three Kate, 38, spoke to mums and their “lock­down ba­bies” in Bat­tersea Park, south Lon­don.

She wanted to show sol­i­dar­ity with parental sup­port groups such as Home- Start, the Na­tional Child­birth Trust and a moth­ers’ app called Mush, all of which have as­sisted par­ents dur­ing the cri­sis.

She perched on a so­cially dis­tanced bench in the park’s sunny Old English Gar­den to chat to mums.

And at one point she stood up, re­moved her sun­glasses and cooed over Mor­gan Cas­sius’s six- month- old daugh­ter Mak­ena- Grace.

The Duchess, who wore a £ 59 pair of Marks & Spencer pink cropped trousers and a white T- shirt, was told how peer groups had strug­gled to meet up in per­son. But they kept up their work by phone or on video calls. Sin­gle mums Irma Mar­tus, 47, and Carol El­liott, 41, told Kate how they had been helped by weekly phone calls from Home- Start Wandsworth. Home- Start vol­un­teers give thou­sands of hours of “par­ent power” help, tack­ling is­sues from post­na­tal de­pres­sion to be­reave­ment.

Kate asked the moth­ers: “Does it help emo­tion­ally? Ev­ery­body needs to have those friend­ships.”

The Duchess also met mums Nalini Sadai and Jessie Brett, who pro­vide mum sup­port for the NCT, and told them: “You should be very proud.” Ear­lier Kate held a video call with eight of the or­gan­i­sa­tions. She told them: “A huge well done to all of you. I know there’s a big team of you out there in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.” The NCT’s Sarah McMul­lan said the Duchess had been “bril­liant”.

ATIME of na­tional crises and anx­i­ety demon­strates most clearly the in­cal­cu­la­ble value of the Royal Fam­ily. It showed yes­ter­day as the Duchess of Cam­bridge chat­ted in a Lon­don park to the moth­ers of “lock­down ba­bies”.

Kate, a mother of three her­self, ex­uded seren­ity and shone with de­light as she ad­mired the chil­dren and en­cour­aged their moth­ers.

Par­ents who have loved and nur­tured their chil­dren dur­ing these ab­nor­mal months de­serve cel­e­bra­tion – and it is splen­did that Bri­tain has a royal who cares so deeply for their morale.

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Pic­tures: PA
 ??  ?? Play­ful Duchess smiles and coos at Mor­gan’s baby Mak­ena- Grace
Play­ful Duchess smiles and coos at Mor­gan’s baby Mak­ena- Grace
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Kate in the sunny park yes­ter­day
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Chat­ting at dis­tance on bench

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