Kate: "No one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression"

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The Duchess of Cambridge, who has regularly spoken about support for new mothers, has now shared a personal message about anxiety and depression during motherhood.

Kate previously opened up on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast about the "constant challenge" of motherhood, as well as experiencing "mum guilt", loneliness and self-doubt when taking care of a newborn. Now, the royal has shared a personal message about dealing with her own mental health as a parent.

She explains in a video message: "We all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first months and years of a child's life can be hugely demanding.

"Parents often feel lonely and overwhelmed by these early years. Around 20 per cent of women in the UK are reported to experience perinatal mental illness. Sadly, we also know that many more are suffering in silence."

She added: "No one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression during this time. It is crucial, therefore, that all those who might be struggling are given the right support at the right time, so that they're able to share these feelings without fear of judgment and can access the information, care and support they need to recover."

Her words came after Kensington Palace confirmed that she is now a royal patron of Maternal Mental Health Alliance - a UK charity supporting women and families affected by perinatal mental health.

The mother-of-three to Prince George, eight; Princess Charlotte, seven; and Prince Louis, four, whom she shares with Prince William, went on to enthuse how "extremely proud" she was to have acquired her role.

"There is plenty more to be done," she said. "And it's down to each and every one of us to support parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today.

"Because by ensuring that the next generation of children can thrive, we can help to build a stronger, healthier and more nurturing society which benefits us all."

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