The Duchess of Cambridge has given her first-ever podcast interview.
On Feb. 15, the latest episode of Giovanna Fletcher’s “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” show aired an interview with Kate Middleton which can be heard here.
The two ladies first met in Birmingham at the launch of 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives and after a visit to LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery in London, the two sat down to record the chat about the Duchess’ passion of early childhood.
The 5 Big Questions was launched last month to help childhood educators better understand how early life experiences can affect kids as they get older.
“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. What is it that they aspire to?” Kate said of the survey.
As a mother to three, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, the Duchess said that the relationships she had as a child is something she sees as important to ensure her children experience the same thing.
She added, “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.”
Kate also reiterated how important she feels nature is to childhood having previously designed the highly successful Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show that was inspired by giving children outdoor time which will result in “happy, healthy adults.”
“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 well-being and laying [developmental] foundations,” she added.
During her chat, Kate commented on suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum ( a severe type of morning sickness which the Duchess was hospitalized with) that made her feel “utterly rotten”.
“[Hypnobirth] was hugely powerful and because [morning sickness] had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour, because it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to,” Kate said.
“I saw the power of . . . meditation and deep breathing when I was really sick,” she added. “I realized that this was something I could take control of.”
Prince William didn’t have anything to do with the hypnobirthing process and was not “chanting sweet nothings”. “I didn’t even ask him about [hypnobirthing]. It was just something that I wanted to do for myself.”
However, she did recall the first time William held newborn Prince George, “Seeing the pure joy of his face, it was really special.”