The Duke of Cambridge has expressed concern over fathers ‘just not knowing what to do’ during a conversation with men whose custody has been backed by a charity during a video call from the living room at Kensington Palace.
Prince William, 38, said he was worried some fathers did not know where to go for help when he and his wife Kate Middleton, also 38, spoke to the group that has attended parenting classes run by Future However, a London-based charity that provides guidance to men and boys.
The Duchess of Cambridge has made advocates for the early years of child development one of the most important pillars of her public work, and the results of her milestone national survey on the subject are expected in the coming days.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to fathers from the living room of Apartment 1A in Kensinton Palace. William expressed concern over fathers who ‘just do not know what to do’
During a video call, William asked the fathers, ‘How do Future Men find some of these other guys out there who have not received the realization, or that, if you will, to go looking for services like Future Men and be able to build on a happy future as a father?
“Because I worry a lot, a lot of fathers out there who just do not know what to do and they do not know where to go. And they may not have that good – either grounding, foundation or support around them to be able to know what to do. ‘
Future Men offers a range of courses that help with various aspects of fatherhood, from improving the relationship between father and child to teaching practical and emotional approaches to enabling men to take care of themselves, their partner and baby.
The men described their experiences of fatherhood from dealing with their child’s sleeping patterns to being a positive role model when Kate asked them about the challenges of family life, especially during lockdown.
Future Men offers a range of courses that help with various aspects of fatherhood, from improving the relationship between father and child to teaching practical and emotional approaches to enabling men to take care of themselves, their partner and baby. Pictured: (from left to right): Graeme Mackenzie and son Liam; Darren Smith; Owen Thomas (future men’s leader of father programs) and bottom (from left to right): Sarit Chaturvedi; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Peter Sen and son Elliot
Sarit Chaturvedi said: ‘Parenting is probably the only kind of job, if you can call it (a job) – it’s a very, very difficult job – to which we have no practical approach.
‘You know, every other job you go into, you’ll show the ropes. At the time it is completely new to you, it is very scary to be a parent for the first time. ‘
Earlier this year, William and Kate joked about their experiences of schooling for their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, with the Duchess saying she had found it ‘challenging’.
Earlier this year, William and Kate joked about their experiences of schooling for their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, with the Duchess saying she had found it ‘challenging’. The family is pictured clapping for the NHS
When one of the fathers said he knew many men who did not know about Future Men paternity courses but were interested, Kate said it was a shame that similar services were no longer available.
The Duchess added: ‘Dads play such an important role that it should not be a bad thing to reach out for help and advice.’
In an easier moment, Graeme Mackenzie, who towards the end of the video chat was joined by her eight-month-old son Liam, said: ‘The best thing I like about being a father is to sniff him and get the new baby air. ”
In the voice call, Kate said, “Dads play such an important role that it should not be a bad thing to reach out for help and advice.” Pictured is William with children George (top), Charlotte (center) and Louis (bottom)
Peter Sen, who also introduced his first child, son Elliott, to the group, said: ‘I think being at home in lockdown has been a blessing and a curse.
‘A blessing that I get to see all parts of his development, and it’s a real joy, and no matter how badly or badly he sleeps, he always wakes up with a big smile on his face.’
When the fathers brought their sons out, William and Kate could not hide their parents’ instincts and smiled. Sir. Mackenzie said, ‘His hobbies are drooling and he’s a very vocal little guy too, aren’t you?’
Kate waved and said ‘Hi Liam,’ then asked ‘Is this his first Zoom call?’ and the duke and duchess laughed when they were told it was.
Sir. Sen said he had missed interacting with other families, and the Duchess sympathized and replied, ‘It must be so hard to have a newborn over lockdown.’
The appearance comes after the Duke surprised the young ambassadors of the Diana Award – created in his mother’s name – by appearing unannounced on a video call to show his admiration for their work.
When William asked the men if being a father was valued by their community and wider community, Darren Smith, who is married to a son named the Messiah, said: ‘I have a strong belief that I especially believe in being a younger father. that I have a strong influence on, you know, the community, the community around me …
‘We are superheroes for these children, we are their role models. You know, they look at us like ‘OK, I want to be, Dad’.
‘My son tells me every day’ father, I want to be like you ‘.’
The couple was surrounded by snaps of George, Charlotte and Louis as they answered the call. : There is also a touching photograph of Kate with her youngest son, Louis, taken on a family visit to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Back To Nature Garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show last summer. Pictured (right), Kate crouches down to cuddle her little son while exploring the garden.
The couple was surrounded by snaps of George, Charlotte and Louis as they answered the call.
The appearance comes after the Duke surprised the young ambassadors of the Diana Award – created in his mother’s name – by appearing unannounced on a video call to show his admiration for their work and be seen speaking from what appears to be a living room in apartment 1A, the four-story property he shares with his wife Kate Middleton and their children George, seven, Charlotte, five and Louis, two at Kensington Palace.
While some rooms have been photographed, including the living room where William and Kate famously hosted Obama’s in 2016, it’s still unusual to get a glimpse of where Cambridges lives.
A closer look at photos previously shown in a video call made by Kate reveals how Cambridges has taken a traditional approach to decoration and, like many parents, keeps photos of their children proud.