Kate Middleton Recalls Feeling “Isolated” as a New Mother

The Duchess of Cambridge is opening up about some of the unspoken hardships surrounding early motherhood.

According to People, during her visit to the Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre in Cardiff, Wales, this morning, Kate spoke with the center’s workers and members about how she often felt “isolated” as a new mother to Prince George.

“I was chatting to some of the mums. It was the first year and I’d just had George—William was still working with search and rescue—and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey,” recalled Kate to the center workers. “It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn’t have any family around, and he was doing night shifts. So … if only I had had a center like this.”

The Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre is based in a more economically challenged part of the Welsh capital and serves as a space where parents can receive support and advice, and also enroll their children in the center’s kindergarten program.

“I see amazing work you’re doing here in so many areas,” commented the duchess. “It’s just bringing it to light. The critical work you’re doing has a massive social—and economic—impact later down the years.”

Kate’s visit to Wales follows the announcement of her new “5 big questions on the under 5s” survey, meant to encourage parents across the U.K. to share their questions and concerns on parenting young children. The survey is being conducted by Ipsos MORI— a U.K.–based market research company—on behalf of the Royal Foundation.

Kate is planning to use the survey’s results to better understand the experiences of parents and caretakers, and also as a guide for her future work surrounding early childhood development and how social challenges affect children from inside the womb to the age of five.

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