Kate Middleton has spoken of the importance of “emotional support” when raising children – adding: “Love goes a long way.”
The Princess of Wales, in a new video to promote herShaping Us early years campaign, told Capital FM radio hostRoman Kemp how raising young children was “tough”.
She added that her initiative was about supporting families to prioritise home life in a bid to raise children into a nation of happy, healthy adults.
It comes after her brother-in-law Prince Harry once described his own childhood as a "cross between The Truman Show and a zoo".
In the video, Princess Kate, wearing a sheepskin coat, polo neck jumper and gloves, chatted to Roman in the Hertfordshire countryside about the importance of talking about mental health and how early experiences can shape adults in later life.
As they sat to talk more over tea, Roman discussed his childhood but recognised that bringing up children can be "so difficult" due to the cost of living and financial difficulties facing many families.
Kate replied: "Absolutely. And this is the thing, every family is different – and the pressures that we all face are different.
"While raising the importance of early childhood, this isn't about putting extra pressure on families, it's actually saying they need the support and help reprioritising family life, home life and all that it takes in raising children today because it is tough."
She added: "It's not about the number of toys they've got or the number of trips you go on with them.
“It's just making sure they have the right emotional support around them that comes from the adults in their lives."
Roman then told Kate he had been lucky to be "very loved" in his life and that he was privileged – but that he would like to make it a normality for all children.
Kate answered: "Love goes a long way! It's very true."
The Princess of Wales’ Shaping Us camping is aims toraise awareness about the importance of early childhood for later life.
She launched the initiative with aglitzy bash at Bafta HQ on Monday night – followed by atrip to Leeds on Tuesday.
In a speech made on Monday night, she said: "The campaign is fundamentally about shining a spotlight on the critical importance of early childhood and how it shapes the adults we become.”
Prince Harry, 38, discussed his childhood during a 90 minute episode of US actor Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, in 2021.
In the podcast, the Duke of Sussex has described the "pain and suffering" of his upbringing and said he left the Royal Family because he wanted to "break the cycle" for his own children Archie and Lilibet.
He compared his upbringing to "a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo". The Truman Show is a 1998 film starring Jim Carrey about a man who is oblivious to the fact that his whole life is a TV programme.
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