Kate Middleton admits raising kids is 'tough' as she shares 'dream' for children's future

The Princess of Wales has discussed the challenges of parenting with Roman Kemp in a new video to promote her Shaping Us campaign

Kate Middleton admits parenting is 'tough' as she shares 'dream' for children's future
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Kate Middleton has said that 'raising children today' is 'tough', during a discussion with Roman Kemp to promote her new Shaping Us campaign. 


The Princess of Wales has admitted that it's 'tough' to be 'raising children today' in a short film co-starring Roman Kemp to promote her new campaign, Shaping Us. 

Kate Middleton's parenting of Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and four-year-old Prince Louis has long been hailed by the media, with royal and body language experts regularly pointing out the busy mum's 'hands-on approach' with her three kids. The 41-year-old has now revealed, however, that she's fully aware of how difficult bringing up a family in 2023 can be. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge clap for NHS carers as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In

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In a video released on Friday, Kate spoke candidly about the reality of being a parent with Capital FM presenter, Roman Kemp. The Princess was joined by the English radio host in Hertfordshire last month to discuss the exciting initiative, which was launched earlier this week as part of the Royal Foundation's Center for Early Childhood. 

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The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of early childhood experiences on the brain's development and is expected to be supported by a number of well-known faces in the future. 

In the final minute of the video, Kate asks Roman about his own childhood. After the 30-year-old reveals that the 'best part' of his life is 'genuinely' his family, the Princess speaks openly about the challenges of being a parent in today's fast-paced world. 

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"Every family is different, and the pressures that we all face are different...this isn't about putting extra pressure on families," Kate said. "It's actually saying they need the support and help reprioritizing family life, home life and all that it takes really in raising children today because it is tough."

Elsewhere in the short film, Kate explains that the Shaping Us campaign is about more than just "raising kids."

"It's about shaping our futures and shaping not only the adults we become, but shaping our society, creating a happier, healthier, more nurturing world for us all to live in as well," the future Queen Consort said. 

"Wouldn't that be nice?" replied Roman, to which Kate said, "That's the dream." 

Kate launched her Shaping Us campaign in Leeds earlier this week, traveling to the Yorkshire city on Tuesday to discuss the importance of her vision with traders and shoppers at a popular marketplace. 

She also paid a visit to St John’s CE Primary School in East London, where she treated its young pupils to a screening of a 90-second animated introduction to the initiative. Known for her natural rapport with children, the Princess was shown chatting with the adorable tots about their teddy bears and admitting she regretted not bringing her own to their classroom.

Emma Dooney
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Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for Goodto. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.