The Princess of Wales—donning a bright yellow LK Bennett jacket—answered questions from students at St. Katherine’s School in Bristol about her life: the struggle of learning to be a royal, the challenge of raising children with different personalities, and how she never considered the thought of becoming a royal until she fell in love with a schoolmate at the University of St. Andrews (of course, Prince William).
“They were just asking her about being a royal,” said Dame Kelly Holmes, who was also at the visit, per The Daily Mail. “Was it something that she wanted to do? And she said she had to learn. It’s a struggle to know that you can be accepted and fit in, and you are still learning every day.”
Kate often appears perfect, but she shared her vulnerabilities with the crowd: “Doing public speaking isn’t a natural thing for lots of people, is it?” Holmes said. “And she was saying she is still working that out but has to project. So, you know, again, she humanized everything. Not everyone is perfect.”
Holmes said she and Kate got along well: “She was lovely,” Holmes said. “She said ‘Ask me questions as well.' I asked her, I said 'You’ve got three children, and do you see different traits in them?’ She said, ‘Oh yes,’ and she said that’s the thing. It’s like learning how to handle the different traits and different needs and abilities even with three young children shows her the need to do it with masses of children.”
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