Kate Middleton just opened up about motherhood in a rare open letter

'For me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments'...

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'For me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments'...

The Duchess of Cambridge's past month has been busier than most.

Giving birth to a baby prince and introducing him to the world hours later in heels and perfect make up would be enough. But she has also had her wedding anniversary, Princess Charlotte's third birthday and her sister Pippa Middleton’s reported baby news to celebrate. Not to mention taking part in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding celebrations last weekend.

It's hardly surprising therefore that she's taking a couple of months off to spend time with her family.

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But this week, Kate put her maternity leave on hold and released an open letter to social media in honour of Children's Hospice week, explaining the part of motherhood that she cherishes the most, and it's lovely.

'This Children's Hospice week, as Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, I am celebrating the remarkable and life-changing support provided by children's hospices and palliative care charities across the UK,' the Duchess of Cambridge explained. 'They offer a lifeline to children and families facing the unimaginable.'

'The theme of Children's Hospice Week this year is "Life's Short" and I am touched that children and young people are sharing what they love most in life and reminding us of how precious time is for everyone. By supporting Children's Hospice Week we can help them spread joy and positivity across the UK, encouraging everyone to make the most of moments that matter.'

Going on to speak about her personal experience of being a mother, Kate explained, 'Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside that I cherish.'

She concluded: 'I hope you will join me in supporting Children's Hospice Week this year. Together we can champion the vital role that children's hospices play in helping seriously ill children and families to have more precious moments.'

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