Even though he's now an experienced father, Prince William can relate to the concerns new dads have about caring for a newborn! (Prince Harry, take note!). At an event on Thursday (Feb. 14) at London's Abbey Centre, the father of three – Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and nine-month-old Prince Louis – spoke candidly about how scared he was to become a first-time parent.
“The fear of having a newborn baby, that’s very vulnerable and that’s what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do?” the 36-year-old shared at the event dubbed Future Men. “And that’s the thing isn’t it? It’s very daunting of how tiny they are when they first arrive.”
He continued: “They are so fragile, tiny little fingers and toes. You do feel like if you move them around too much, they are going to break, but they don’t." He then joked to one attendee, "Wait until they’re nine months, and they’ll be off.”
The purpose of the Valentine's Day event, was to help build the confidence of men in their role as new dads. As part of the day, William was taken through a series of new-parent exercises like learning how to feed a baby. At one point, while changing a diaper, he joked that it was difficult to dress a newborn because of "the buttons" one onesies.
Onto the all important nappy change.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 14, 2019
“It’s never straightforward,” says The Duke of Cambridge. @WorkingWithMen1 new dads are given practical session to help get them ready for fatherhood. #futuremenpic.twitter.com/8C9HDsegSi
The day wrapped up with an intimate conversation between the duke and a group of fathers, where he spoke candidly about the importance of practicing self-care as a new parent.
“From a young age, you’re a taught to kind of like have a vision, have a plan, have a career and then all of a sudden babies come along and then suddenly you have to start thinking about a lot more,” William said. “And I think one of the things is, ladies are a lot more giving and I think a lot more generous, whereas I think guys we kind of get into trying to get into making a success of whatever we are trying to do, we get into a rhythm and then children come along and it’s like, ‘Which way do I go now?’“
He concluded, “I always wondered how that affects new dads’ mental health. Because it’s such a change, your whole life goes one way and then suddenly you’re taught that you’ve got to adapt... the sooner you get ahead of it, the more you’re equipped to deal with it the better.”