Since marrying Prince William in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge has spent almost a decade in the spotlight, whether she is giving a speech during a royal engagement, or spending time with her children—Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1. And yet, there’s still so much we don’t know about her.
Once described as a “commoner”—albeit a wealthy one—by tabloids, Kate Middleton has definitely blossomed into her role as Queen-in-waiting, carrying herself with the grace and poise that is expected of a royal. But that also means we are rarely exposed to an intimate side to her.
This may be changing, however, as the Duchess takes up a more active role in the family, especially with the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan. Both William and Kate had previously revealed a down-to-earth side to themselves in a BBC Christmas special with baking legend Mary Berry last December, and Kate herself opened up in an interview with Giovanna Fletcher last week.
Speaking with Giovanna on podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, the Duchess shared about her landmark survey on early childhood ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’ and also revealed her personal struggles and fears as a mother. The 30-minute conversation has been lauded as groundbreaking for how remarkably ordinary it was—even Giovanna shared that it was just like speaking to any other mum.
Here’s what we learned about the Duchess of Cambridge and the future Queen of England.