November 13, 2017
THE Duchess of Cambridge has told a single father how her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood.



Kate met father Billy, 39, during a visit to a care centre for expectant and new parents, after her own pregnancy led to a previous trip being delayed.
Billy is raising his seven-month-old daughter Violet alone after taking custody from her mother and spoke about his experiences at Hornsey Road Children's Centre in north London.
The Duchess, who is currently four months pregnant with her third child, described how William had felt he did not know what exactly to do when he first became a father.
Family Action, a charity of which the Queen is patron, is among the organisations providing services at the care facility, including vital care and mental health support for parents.
Speaking after meeting Kate, Billy said: "She was saying William was sort of similar and I just wanted to let her know how Family Action have been there for me and I think they need more support."
Billy said the mother of his daughter showed up on his doorstep out of the blue, saying she was pregnant and had already had two children taken away so could not care for a third.
He said: "I was under mental health myself, I was suffering from severe depression and I thought I'm not going to let my daughter go into care, I'm going to step up and do this - I managed to turn myself around.
"I've been doing it from day one at the hospital, fed her her first bottle."

Pregnant Kate reveals Prince William initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood

Volunteer worker Maggie Sandy, said about Kate: “We just felt that she genuinely was interested.
“And it’s so good because it really raises the profile of perinatal mental health.
“We always say that this goes across social class, we reach all sorts of parents and it is actually to do with being a parent and she can relate to that.”
When asked about Kate’s comments about William, she added about dads: “We do offer support to dads.
“I think it’s so important because dad’s sometimes get left out in the mix after the birth of a baby and they sometimes get sidelined.
“She seems genuinely very interested.”
The north London hub is used by parents to provide them with support ranging from company for parents to activities for children.
It works with around 808 under-fives in the area.
One of the service co-ordinators Karen Meyrick, added about Kate: “She has a lot of empathy because she is a mum herself.”
Kate, wearing a cream dress coat from Goat, had earlier met with mothers and their young children while they were at play, bonding with one over their sons' shared love of aircraft.

Pregnant Kate reveals Prince William initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood

Mother-of-two Michelle said her son Jacob, four, was fond of planes - while Prince George is a fan of helicopters.
"She was asking about what Jacob liked and he said he liked aeroplanes and she was asking if he'd seen a Spitfire and we said we liked going to the Science Museum and RAF museum.
"She was saying how George likes helicopters, she was saying about the top floor of the Science Museum where the helicopters are."
During the tour of the centre, one little boy hid behind a chair when he met the Duchess.

Pregnant Kate reveals Prince William initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood

Little Oliver Boe Westmoreland, two, from Finsbury Park, jumped behind a large armchair in the Nursery area of the
His father Paul Westmoreland said: “Ge seemed to get an attack of nerves.
“All the time she was going round the rest of the room he was like ‘where is she?’
“Then as soon as she arrived he just wants to go behind the sofa and hide.”

Pregnant Kate reveals Prince William initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood

Glitter and paint had been splashed around as the Duchess made conversation with a group youngsters, her cream jacket standing out among their red paint-proof bibs.
As the Duchess left she was given a posy by Nevaeh Richardson-Natiko, six and revealed Princess Charlotte’s favourite colour.
Neveah said: “She asked me what my favourite colour is.
“I said it was pink and she said that’s Charlotte’s favourite colour too.”

Pregnant Kate reveals Prince William initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood

As with her previous pregnancies, Kate had been battling hyperemesis gravidarum - a condition which causes severe sickness in pregnancy.
It forced the expectant royal to step back from public life for several weeks, including a visit to the Hornsey Road Children's Centre.
The visit comes as Kate continues looking at the issues and challenges in the area of maternal mental health.
Kate has, in the past, described her life as mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte as a "rewarding and wonderful experience", but admitted that it had been a "huge challenge" at times that has left her feeling a "lack of confidence" for periods.
She opened up about her maternal struggles in March as she attended the launch of a series of films aimed at helping new parents cope with depression and other mental health issues.
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