There’s no denying that the world is obsessed with Kate Middleton’s style. Her glossy chestnut locks are pinned to thousands of Pinterest boards, internet users are obsessed with her budget beauty tips, and, should she ever step out in a high street dress, she whips online shoppers into a frenzy as they try to get their hands on the exact same item.
So it’s no surprise that, on her recent trip to Poland, the Duchess of Cambridge was approached by a number of young students – all of whom were clamoring to tell her that she’s their “beautiful and perfect” idol.
Speaking to the Mirror Online, Magda Mordaka explained: “We are fans of the British monarchy. We have a Facebook group.
“We love [Kate Middleton’s] style, and her contact with people. We were waiting for this visit from the very beginning. What would she wear? Would she bring the children?
“We were telling her that she is beautiful and perfect.”
However, the royal is said to have given a surprising response to the Polish student's comments.
Instead of accepting their compliments, and further perpetuating the myth of perfection, Middleton decided to get honest with them: looking the teenagers in the eye, she told them that there really is no such thing as looking or being perfect.
“She said it's not true,” said Mordaka.
And, when asked for more details about her own ‘flawless’ good looks, Middleton told them the truth: “It's just good make-up.”
This is not the first time that Middleton has done her best to dismantle the myth of perfection: during a public speech in London earlier this year, the Duchess admitted that she has found motherhood incredibly challenging.
“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge,” she said.
“Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not. Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together.”
Middleton went on to say: “There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family.
“For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health.”
According to Middleton’s speech, two in ten women will suffer from pregnancy-related mental issues – and she, along with Heads Together, hopes to empower women to speak out when they are struggling with their emotional wellbeing.
“If any of us caught a fever during pregnancy, we would seek advice and support from a doctor,” she added.
“Getting help with our mental health is no different. Our children need us to look after ourselves and get the support we need.”
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