The mother-of-three spoke to Giovanna Fletcher of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast about her experience of being a mum to Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4 and Prince Louis, 1.
When asked about the most important parts of her own childhood she wanted to ensure her children experienced, the Duchess said the “quality of relationships” is critical.
“Those moments that you spend with people that are around you,” she said.
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“I remember that from my own childhood. 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.”
The keen gardener, who has worked to design a gardens for children at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, said she is passionate about spending time outside with her kids.
“There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment. As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about. 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.”
The podcast marks the launch of an early years survey the Duchess has created, entitled 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.
It’s the culmination of her eight years work in the early childhood sector and aims to spark a national conversation in the UK about the importance of early childhood.
The Duke and Duchess have provided a brief glimpse into their private lives over the years during various interviews. They have revealed Prince George is a fan of Chelsea football club and the kids grow vegetables at Kensington Palace. P
rince Louis reportedly loves thumbing his way through cookbooks and Charlotte has been dubbed the “warrior princess” at her nursery for her fearless attitude.
The Duchess said she is keen to hear from families in her work to create a next generation of “happy, healthy children”.
She has previously revealed she felt “isolated” living in Wales as a young mum with Prince George. Her sister-in-law Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has also spoken of the difficulty of living life in the spotlight while pregnant and with a newborn, saying the British “stiff upper lip” didn’t work for her.
“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,” Kate said.
“What is it that they aspire to? What are their challenges?”
Podcast host Giovanna Fletcher said she was “very excited” for people to hear the interview.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, or where you come from – we’re all trying to do our best with our children while continuously doubting our decisions and wondering if
we’re getting it completely wrong. Talking helps unite us all,” she said.
The podcast is available for download from 3am Saturday 15 February here.