Kate Middleton had honest chat with Queen over parenting issues, expert claims

Kate Middleton and Prince William have always been determined to be hands-on parents for their three young children – which has proven to be a challenge for the working royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are eager to give Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, as normal an upbringing as possible which meant the couple decided against hiring a nanny for newborn George in 2013.

But royal expert Katie Nicholl claims that caring for a young baby coupled with carrying out royal duties wasn't easy for the first-time parents and Kate sought out help from the Queen in a heart-to-heart chat.

Katie told True Royalty's documentary Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again: "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.

"William and Kate wanted to be hands-on parents, and they did it until September and then they recruited a nanny."

Now, the Cambridges rely on their trusted nanny Maria Borrallo, who trained at the prestigious Norland College and still cares for George, Charlotte and Louis.

But despite Maria's appointment, Katie says Kate's mum Carole still regularly helps her daughter with the children.

She added: "One of the things that allows William and Kate to be so ordinary is the presence of the Middletons in their lives.

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"Carole 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 bathtime. She is absolutely indispensable."

Now her children are older, Kate has stepped up the number of royal duties she now carries out.

But she has previously revealed she experiences "mum guilt" when she has to leave her children to work.

Speaking on Giovanna Fletcher's podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Kate was asked if she feels mum guilt.

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And she admitted: "Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn't like a mother is actually lying.

"Yep – all the time. Even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like 'Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?'

"It's a constant challenge – you hear it time after time from mums, even mums who aren't necessarily working and aren't pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life."

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