Even Kate Middleton Thinks Motherhood Can Be Isolating
If there's one mom that I sometimes daydream about being, it's definitely Duchess Kate Middleton. I mean, come on: she's married to my middle school crush, the very man I laminated to hang in my locker and while I admit he had more hair back then, he's still a Prince, plus that hair! That style! Those dimples!
Princess Kate is the type of mom that I thought I would turn out like — gracious, gorgeous, and with a really cool job that is super inspiring and goodwill-doing at the same time. Alas, she's also the type of mom I will never be, since I turned out a little bit chubbier, with probably 1/16 of the amount of hair, leading my ponytail to resemble a wispy rat's tail, and my job mostly is me sitting around in my jammies.
But the good news is, Kate and I have more in common as moms than I may have once thought. Because in a speech to high school students in West London, she admitted what a lot of mothers secretly think but probably don't talk about enough:
That motherhood can be awfully lonely.
Just when I thought I couldn't love Kate even more, she had to go and tug on the ol' heartstrings of lonely moms like me everywhere. It's like I just want to curl up and cry on her diamond-crusted tiara and share some tea and biscuits while I pour out my struggles. “Yes, Kate, it is lonely! You get me, don't you?” *blows nose into her million-dollar gown*
But seriously, the monarch mom-of-two reportedly confessed her feelings about motherhood to two moms at the event who had made a mom-matching app (think Tinder for moms looking for playdates at the park).
“Yes, it is lonely at times, and you do feel quite isolated,” she said. “But actually, so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through. It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you.”
The event also centered around mental health, something both Kate and her husband, William, and brother-in-law Harry are all passionate about raising awareness about. In fact, Harry and William have both talked publicly about seeking help and therapy even 20 years after their beloved mother, Diana, died. Breaking the stigma about mental health is something that Kate is working hard to do and it's so important, especially for new moms isolated at home with nowhere to turn.
So if you're feeling isolated and lonely at home, just remember, you're truly not alone — even Princesses find motherhood hard, so, please reach out for help when you need it.