Her Royal Highness Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is more than just royal eye candy—she’s a crusader for mental health awareness and wellness, especially when it comes to the minds of mothers. The mom of Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 22 months, recently opened up about how motherhood affected her own mental health whilst introducing “Out of the Blue,” a documentary series that shines a light on mental health and parenthood.
In her candid remarks, the Duchess said “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge — even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.” (Side note, I thought it was awfully correct of her to acknowledge that she has more child care resources than most parents!) She went on to say, “Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”