The final Sunday of May began gloomy and soggy in London. But people strolling through the city’s scenic Holland Park that morning caught a sight that spread some sunshine: Duchess Kate Middleton and her son, Prince George, enjoying some quality time.
George, 22 months, was “smiling and laughing” as Kate, 33, waved her arms around, pretending to be a monster, says a source. “They were running around on the rides, the swings, roundabouts and slides.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton with son Prince George in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It was a shining moment, especially since Kate’s been battling her own monster recently: the baby blues. The birth of George’s little sister, Princess Charlotte, on May 2 was a joyous event, but one that’s left the young mother depleted. “George wants to be involved with everything concerning Charlotte, but he also wants his mom to himself,” says an insider.
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“Kate’s trying to juggle it all and is really feeling the pressure.” Psychologist Dr. Julie Armstrong isn’t surprised by the duchess’ emotional dip: The baby blues are “very common,” she points out. “Giving birth is a huge undertaking, and then there’s the stress and strain of family and a baby whose needs are 24/7,” says Dr. Armstrong. “So now she’s competing — where does she put her needs? To which baby does she give her attention? All which is a drain on her own resources — her psychological resources.”
Prince George with little sister Princess Charlotte in May 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Luckily, Kate’s got plenty of caring people in her corner, especially her mother, Carole. “She’s the one person [Kate] listens to and who will eventually get her out of this,” says one source.
“Carole is no longer at Anmer [Hall in Norfolk, England, Prince William and Kate’s country estate] fulltime, but she is still going back and forth a lot to help Kate out,” the insider shares. “She wants Kate to have time to herself and she’s been helping plan healthy meals to ensure Kate has the energy to look after two children.”
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