The Duchess of Cambridge has released a photo of her daughter Princess Charlotte smelling a bluebell.
The photo was taken by the duchess at the family’s home in Norfolk in spring last year and was released after Kate spoke on a podcast about being a mother.
The photo of four-year-old Charlotte was mentioned when she was asked what parts of her childhood she wanted to give her children.
She told the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast: “I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me, it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent.
“And I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time – but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do.”
Kate said that she felt “really passionate” about children spending time outside.She added: “As children we spent an awful lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about.
“It’s so great for physical well-being and also mental well-being and actually really laying those foundations.
“It’s also a really great environment to spend time building those quality relationships without the distractions.”
The duchess, also mother to Prince George and Prince Louis, described herself as a “hands-on mum” but said she often felt she had fallen short of expectations.
Asked if she struggled from “mum guilt”, the duchess replied: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying. Yes – all the time.”
The duchess, who has a nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, said during the podcast: “There’s such a pull, but I am such a hands-on mum, and whatever you’re doing you want to make sure you’re doing the uttermost best job you can for your children.”