Kate Middleton Opened Up to the Queen About Her Biggest Parenting Struggle with Prince George

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Kate Middleton confided in the Queen about her struggles balancing parenthood with her royal duties.

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  • When they welcomed their oldest son, Prince George, Prince William and Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) didn't want to hire a nanny and wanted to handle parenting duties all on their own.
  • After a few months, however, Will and Kate realized that juggling full-time parenting with their royal duties was difficult and hired a nanny to help.
  • According to royal expert Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab), Kate confided in the Queen about the struggles they had balancing royal work and parenthood in a heart-to-heart during the royal family's Christmas celebration.

Over the years, Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) and the Queen (opens in new tab) have developed a really special bond. In fact, back when Kate and Prince William were new parents (opens in new tab) to their oldest son, Prince George (opens in new tab), Kate confided in the Queen about their struggles juggling royal duties and full-time parenting (Will and Kate opted against hiring a nanny when George was born).

In an interview for True Royal's Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again documentary (opens in new tab), royal expert Katie Nicholl explained that Kate and the Queen (opens in new tab) had a real heart-to-heart about the situation during the royal family's Christmas celebration (opens in new tab) in Sandringham that year.

"Kate was having a conversation with the Queen in which she confided that she had found being with George on her own, and not having a full-time nanny or a maternity nurse, very hard," Nicholl said, according to The Mirror (opens in new tab). "William and Kate wanted to be hands on parents, and they did it until September and then they recruited a nanny."

Nicholl added in the documentary that Kate's mom, Carole Middleton (opens in new tab), has played a huge role in helping with the Cambridge kids (opens in new tab).

"One of the things that allows William and Kate to be so ordinary is the presence of the Middletons in their lives," she explained. "Carol is a regular through those golden gates at Kensington Palace, she whizzes through in her Land Rover. There is no security because everybody knows her. She turns up to help with bedtime and bath time. She is absolutely indispensable."

With the help of family and a few trusted staff members, Will and Kate (opens in new tab) have clearly found their groove balancing parenting and their duties as full-time working royals.

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