A glowing, pregnant Duchess of Cambridge stepped out today at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre where she joined parents and children that benefit from the centre.
The centre offers care and mental support to new and expecting mothers, a platform the Duchess of Cambridge has expressed she will spend more time highlighting.
Originally planned for a visit on 4 September, the Duchess had to reschedule the trip due to Hyperemesis gravidarum from her third pregnancy. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April 2018 and are already parents to four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte.
One group helping the centre out with mental health support and vital care is Family Action, which Her Majesty The Queen is patron of.
Sitting at a table filled with exuberant children, the Duchess of Cambridge described the activities as the “best fun.”
The Duchess also spoke with a few of the parents that have accessed the centre and volunteers to understand better the support the charity provides.
One of the parents Kate spoke with was single father Billy to nine-month-old Violet who was left with his daughter after the mother could not care for her third child, leaving the baby to him. The Duchess listened to Billy and revealed that Prince William also was unsure of his parenting skills after the birth of Prince George.
Billy recalled after his conversation with Kate, saying: “She was saying William was sort of similar and I just wanted to let her know how Family Action have been there for me and I think they need more support.
“I was under mental health myself, I was suffering from severe depression and I thought I’m not going to let my daughter go into care, I’m going to step up and do this – I managed to turn myself around.”
The successful trip ended on a high note as the Duchess left smiling and waving to waiting fans as she clutched a bouquet of flowers given to her by a little girl.