Behind closed doors, they’re just like everyone else, and Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal clan are determined to make sure everyone knows it as they open up about the struggles they face in everyday life.
For mum-of-two Kate, her latest candid revelations reveal the motherhood struggles she faced, particularly after the birth of her son, George.
Speaking to post natal depression sufferer Neev Spencer at a Heads Together event, the Duchess explained how George’s arrival in 2013 threw her for a loop.
“Nothing can prepare you for motherhood - especially the first time round, the mixed emotions,” she confessed.
It’s not the first time Kate has spoken about the pressure of being a mum.
Last month, the 35-year-old, who also has daughter Charlotte, confided that while she might have more help at home than other mums, the burden of being a ‘perfect’ parent still gets to her.
“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.”
Kate’s motherhood confessions comes as she praises her brother-in-law Prince Harry for his ‘brilliant’ work in highlighting the need to talk about mental health issues last week.
Speaking to teacher Jamie Maloy during a reception for London Marathon runners at Kensington Palace earlier this week, Jamie struck a chord with Kate when labelling Harry “a real hero to a lot of people”.
“Absolutely. He's been brilliant,” Kate replied.
The spotlight has been on Prince Harry after he went public with the counseling sessions he sought after he was left “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions” while dealing with his mother Diana’s death.
After decades spent refusing to think about his mum, as well as time on military deployment in Afghanistan, Prince Harry became increasingly anxious about attending royal engagements.
After going through two years of what he describes as “total chaos” in his twenties, the prince came to the point about three years ago where he felt "on the verge of punching someone", and it was only then that he sought professional help through counselling.
It’s these open and honest discussions about their mental health that has seen even more people identify with Kate, Harry and the rest of the royal family.
'Kate was just so lovely. She was really genuine. I felt comfortable enough to share my experience with her,” Neev told the Daily Mail.
“She was agreeing with me on all the points about how tough being a mum is at the beginning. She must understand from when she had George.”
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.