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Kate Middleton 'has secret Mumsnet account to swap parenting stories anonymously with other mums'

Mirror logo Mirror 12/04/2017 Lara Martin
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Kate Middleton may live in a palace and be married to the future king, but apparently she’s just like millions of other mums out there, relying on the internet for childcare tips.

According to a new report, the Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to mummy forums online and has registered under an anonymous name to swap stories with other mothers.

The royal is mum to son Prince George, three, and daughter Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her second birthday in May.

“Kate has turned to websites like Mumsnet and BabyCentre for guidance," a source told Reveal magazine.

"She has adopted an anonymous name, and mainly posts questions about issues she and Prince William disagree on, like watching cartoons before bed."

“Using these websites has really helped Kate, although she’d never admit to using the web for advice - the Royal Family tend to ‘just get on with it’ when it comes to raising children.

“But, since mums on the internet generally agree with her point of view and not Will’s, she will go right on posting!”

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If true and Kate does use internet forums, we can’t help but wonder if Kate ever ventures on to the Royal Family thread on Mumsnet?!

Of course, it’s not the first time Kate has been linked to Mumsnet; back in February, when husband Prince William presented a CBE to the website’s co-founder, Justine Roberts, he joked that Kate may well be a user.

Roberts said: “We speculated as to whether the Duchess of Cambridge was a Mumsnetter."

She continued: “I suggested that a lot of conversation (on the website) was about feckless husbands but said ‘don’t worry because it is all anonymous’,” Roberts said afterwards.

Roberts said William did not confirm Kate used the site but said “she may well be”.

“We speculated that she might and that if she did, no doubt she would be joining in the conversations about feckless husbands,” laughed Roberts.

In February, Kate, 33, gave a rare speech at a charity event about children's health and spoke about her own experience of motherhood.

"Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge,” she said.

“Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not. Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother.

"It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.

"And yet there is no rule book, no right or wrong - you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance."

Kate used her speech to highlight the difficulties faced by new mothers who have their own mental health challenges, and how many are too "afraid" to admit their struggles.

"Some of this fear is about the pressure to be a perfect parent; pretending we're all coping perfectly and loving every minute of it," she said.

"It's right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. It’s ok not to find it easy. Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness." 

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