Duchess Kate opens up about how she felt 'isolated' after Prince George's birth

By Heather Cichowski with files from Emily Nash

Duchess Kate has had a full schedule with her 24-hour tour of the UK, and she's also been opening up to parents she meets.

Following a surprise visit to Birmingham on Jan. 21, she continued on to Cardiff the next day, where she stopped by the Ely & Caerau Children's Centre and spoke to other parents about their experiences. She also shared some of her own learnings from Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis's early years.

Kate dropped in to a baby sensory class and recalled how she felt "isolated" when George was a newborn and the Cambridge family was living in Anglesey, Wales an island just off the northwest Welsh coast. At the time, William was working as a RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot.

Kate loved her time with little ones and mothers while in Cardiff! Photo: © Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images

"It's nice to be back in Wales!" Kate said, according to HELLO! UK. "I was chatting to some of the mums earlier. It was the first year and I'd just had George – William was still working with Search and Rescue and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived on Anglesey before the family relocated to London in 2016 to become more active in royal duties.

"It was so isolated, so cut off," Kate admitted. "I didn't have any family around and [William] was doing night shifts. If only I had had a centre like this."

She acknowledged that the isolation is something other families could be struggling with. "So many families now are so spread out," Kate continued her conversation. "It's much harder to rely on other generations for support."

The Ely & Caerau Children's Centre offers a variety of services for children and families, including a nursery, day care, out-of-school care and a community room. The latter has multiple interactive sessions, including a baby club where new mothers can bring their young children and talk and seek advice from other parents at similar stages.

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At the centre, Kate visited some of the different spaces, including the sensory room, where little ones were playing with spaghetti, jelly and musical instruments! She also popped in to a cottage in the outdoor play yard and stopped by the English language section.

The Duchess of Cambridge's outing was part of the launch of "5 big questions on the under 5s" survey, which will give UK parents the opportunity to share their opinions on the needs of their children and how the next generation should be raised.

New parents William and Kate leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital with newborn George on July 23, 2013 in London. Photo: © Anwar Hussein/WireImage

While chatting to other parents, Kate brought up the initiative.

"Have you heard about the survey we are doing?" she reportedly asked. "What do you think? There is so much pressure on parents, but actually, they need the community, too."

Fun times in the kitchen in Birmingham! Photo: © Eddie Keogh-WPA Pool/Getty Images

The day before, the mom of three also had plenty of sweet interactions with children at MiniBrum, an interactive, child-sized world at the Birmingham Science Museum. She enjoyed some fun playtime in a mini kitchen with a youngster.

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