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This princess really does get it. Kate Middleton made a confession about motherhood this week that had us nodding along in solidarity -- which is ironic, given what she said. The Duchess of Cambridge admitted that becoming a mom has made her feel lonely.
Given the fanfare she received after the births of her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the confession seems a bit unnerving at first. How could Kate Middleton possibly feel lonely, with nearly every eye in the world on her?
Easy. The same way nearly every new mom struggles to some degree with loneliness. Along with her hubby Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry, Kate has been a vocal advocate for mental health in recent years. The three of them even founded the Heads Together campaign, with the goal of ending the stigma surrounding emotional well-being.
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We love that she's being open and honest about her own personal trials in order to shed light on the fact that anyone can experience feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, or any other number of difficult emotions.
The mom of two met with other moms at a meeting for the Global Academy on Thursday, according to E! News, and she addressed the issue head-on. Speaking about motherhood specifically, she said, "It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated, but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through."
She continued with a word of encouragement though, saying, "It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you." The women she was addressing cofounded an app called Mush, which helps to connect moms.
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Prince William also added his two cents on mental health into the ring during the session, saying, "We've taken the lid off a boiling pan. It's been simmering for a very long time and everyone's desperate for it to come out."
Kate is right -- sometimes being a mom is lonely. When you're knee-deep in diapers and milk stains, and perpetually exhausted from not sleeping longer than an hour or two at a time for months sometimes, and your most stimulating company is a colicky baby, it's going to affect your mental and emotional health. It's so important to remember that even though it may feel like it, you're not alone.
Even princesses get overwhelmed by the day-to-day drudgery of motherhood sometimes. It's okay if you do too.