Since joining the royal family almost nine years ago, the Duchess of Cambridge has given a very small number of short interviews. But now, she has opened up for more than 30 minutes in an astonishingly frank conversation about motherhood, her own childhood, and her passion for the early years.
Kate appears on a special episode of podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, hosted by Giovanna Fletcher, following the release of her survey “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.” The Duchess speaks openly about being a mother to George, Charlotte, and Louis, including what parts of her own upbringing she wants to provide for them.
She describes her “amazing” grandmother and her love of the outdoors.
“I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us—playing with us, doing arts and crafts, and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us—and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now,” Kate says in the podcast, which will be available from 4 p.
m. UK time (11 a.
m. EST) on Saturday, February 15.
Describing how her own experiences—as well as her eight years of research into the early years sector—have influenced her views, Kate says, “I think there’s a few things that really stand out for me. One is quality of relationships.
So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood.
I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this.
‘ And actually, it’s so simple.”
“I don’t think I expected to hear any of it,” she said. “I love hearing her very honest answers, how articulate and intelligent she is about early years.
The grassroots of it is we are all doing the same thing, we’re all having sleepless nights, going through potty training or whatever it is..
Kate hopes her survey will spark a national conversation on the early years that can help bring about lasting change for generations to come.
As the Duchess explains in the interview, “I think ultimately if you look at who’s caring and looking after and nurturing children in the most vital period, from pregnancy all the way to the age of five, you know parents and carers are right at the heart of that, and families are right at the heart of that, and although I’ve spoken to the scientists and the service providers, it’s so important to listen to families.
What is it that they aspire to? What are their challenges?” She adds, “It’s going to take a long time—I’m talking about a generational change—but hopefully this is the first small step: to start a conversation around the importance of early childhood development. It’s not just about happy, healthy children.
This is for lifelong consequences and outcomes.”
The online survey can be found at: www.
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