Duchess Kate gets candid about breastfeeding on final tour stop in Northern Ireland

By Sarah Walker

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two-day tour of Northern Ireland has wrapped up, and at a final event at Sure Start (a charity that empowers parents of disadvantaged youth), each got candid about the difficulties they've encountered raising three young kids. One mother, Rebecca White, said Kate praised new moms who have struggled with breastfeeding. "They were really encouraging about breastfeeding. They said we were all doing a good job, that it was really hard, it was a struggle and well done for keeping going."

Kate received a daffodil from a little boy. Photo: © Getty Images

Prince William and the duchess also spoke about how difficult sleep deprivation can be. Kathryn Ward, a 26-year-old mother-of-two, revealed: "They were chatting a bit about sleep deprivation. Even though they get the help that they have, they’re still parents as well and want to get up with their own kids. So they understand the stresses and pressures were going through, even though they got a couple of people more hands on. They were fantastic. Really on our level."

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It's believed that Kate wore the same ensemble to the event that she wowed onlookers with earlier in the day: a new-to-her-wardrobe cornflower blue Mulberry coat. The stunning design featured a short cape, an oversized belt and large buttons. She complemented the look with a pair of navy Rupert Sanderson pumps and a matching Jimmy Choo clutch. She kept her makeup simple, opting for subtle blush and nude lips, and let her long brown locks drape over her shoulders. Underneath she wore a custom, long-sleeved, royal blue Jenny Packham dress.

Kate and Will arrived for a walkabout. Photo: © Getty Images

The surprise trip to Northern Ireland was the first overseas engagement of the year for the busy parents. On Tuesday (Feb. 27), they met with fans in Belfast and kicked around a soccer ball with some kids at the Irish Football Club. Later in the day, they poured some pints at Belfast's Empire Music Hall. While there, the duchess put on her bartending cap and hopped behind the bar to pour the perfect pint of Harp Ice – an Irish lager created in 1960 by Guinness in its Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk, Ireland.

The pair will next step out with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on March 5 for a morning reception honouring the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles' investiture. “This special reception will mark the Prince of Wales’s 50 years of service to Wales, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and will be an opportunity to celebrate a range of Welsh charities, organizations and businesses,” Buckingham Palace said. They will then travel to the English town of Blackpool (on March 6) to visit the iconic Blackpool Tower, and to learn about how regeneration projects in the area are helping to address some of the mental health and social issues facing Britains today.

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