Kate Middleton—more formally known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—recently opened up about the experience of giving birth to her oldest of three children, Prince George, in an interview with Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast. Prince George was unveiled to the world in July 2013, and according to Kate, the whole experience was pretty nerve-racking.
“Yeah, slightly terrifying, slightly terrifying, I’m not going to lie,” Kate said of her appearance at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London following George’s birth. Stepping out to introduce Prince George to the public on the steps of the hospital was part of a royal tradition—a tradition Meghan Markle famously flouted.
“Everyone had been so supportive,” she said, per People, “and both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and, you know, we’re hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important. But equally, it was coupled with a newborn baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions.”
It wasn’t just the birth that frayed nerves; putting a baby in a car seat for the first time can be a frustrating moment for any parent, but for Kate, with the eyes of the entire world on her, it was a moment verging on panic. “We were like ‘What do we do?… in a swaddle?’ ‘How’s this supposed to work?’ We’d even tried to practice with a … little doll at home but, you know, it just never works out the way you planned it so it was quite hard to do that on the world’s stage, but no, he did a very good job.”
Overall, however, Kate said “joy” won out. “It is extraordinary, as I’ve said. How can the human body do that? It is utterly extraordinary actually. And he was very sweet.” Kate added that she felt “relieved” George, now six years old, had been born happy and healthy.
Having opted to keep George’s gender a surprise, Kate had no idea she was bringing a prince into the world. “It was a surprise,” she said, “but also seeing… you know, your husband, William… seeing the pure joy on his face, it was really special.”
George is the oldest of Kate and Prince William’s three children; they have since welcomed Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis into the family. Despite being one of the most famous people in the world, the future Queen Consort of the United Kingdom has said in the past that she hopes to raise her children in the manner of her own non-royal upbringing.
Although they’ve attended a royal event or two, William and Kate largely leave the kids at home, and spend plenty of time outdoors together. Kate loves cooking with them. Supposedly, the kids have no idea they’re part of such a significant family, yet!
Recently, rumors have circulated that William and Kate might try for a fourth child. Bookies think the odds are high that the two will welcome another child into the royal family this year, but there’s certainly more than usual on William and Kate’s plate.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exiting royal life on April 1st, William and Kate have seemingly had to step things up in terms of royal duties. Their Instagram account has become more active since news of Harry and Meghan’s coming departure broke, and according to royal commentator Omid Scobie, Kate has been “pick[ing] up a little bit of steam” in recent months. “Her voice gets louder and louder as she gains confidence,” he added, noting Kate’s increased visibility as she tours the UK to promote an early childhood survey, called “5 Questions,” which aims to create a discussion among parents about challenges faced in the early years of parenthood.
Got hopelessly lost on way home last night and ended up in kings Lynn retail park.. who do I see coming out of the range but Kate Middleton with Prince George and princess Charlotte. Made my epic journey worth while!
— Helen Webb (@Helenho31080370) February 23, 2020