Kate Middleton Coped with Jet Lag in the Caribbean by Organizing Play Dates for Her Kids at 4 a.m.

“A mother’s duties never end.”

Kate Middleton
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The Cambridges have touched down back home in the U.K. just in time for Mother’s Day in Britain, observed today across the pond.

And, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now reunited with kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, it seems even when they were in the Caribbean this past week, William and Kate’s trio were on their mind.

To cope with jet lag—the ever-present enemy of the world traveler—Kate turned to 4 a.m. WhatsApp conversations inside The Royal Suite at the San Ignacio Hotel in Belize to organize play dates for her kids, according to royal expert Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.

“For the Duchess of Cambridge, a mother’s duties never end,” English wrote. “So, when Kate’s jet lag kicked in during this week’s Caribbean tour, seeing her wide awake in the middle of the night, I’m told she has spent the time ‘tap-tap-tapping’ WhatsApp messages, organizing everything from George’s football matches to Charlotte’s ballet lessons and little Louis’ bedtime routine back in the U.K.”

English said the Cambridges ensure that their departure and arrival times for royal tours “fit around kissing the children goodnight or giving them breakfast,” she wrote. “Their flight on the official RAF Voyager jet tonight will get them back just in time for a nice Mother’s Day brunch tomorrow.”

It’s the new way to juggle being a working royal and a parent, English said, “one that the couple have developed through learning lessons from the past. The Queen’s own first trip to Jamaica in 1953 was part of a Commonwealth tour that took her away from her own young family for six long months.” (Son Prince Charles was born in 1948 and daughter Princess Anne was born in 1950.)

“Home life calls even, or perhaps especially, while on tour thousands of miles from home, even though the Cambridges have vowed never to undertake trips lasting much longer than a week while their children are young,” English wrote.

Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.