Royal baby: EACH mum tells Duchess of Cambridge to ignore all the advice and enjoy being a mummy

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visits the East Anglian Childrens Hospice in Ipswich t

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visits the East Anglian Childrens Hospice in Ipswich to officially open the Treehouse. Jo Clarke (left) with Lea Clarke and The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured in the music room

The best advice I can give is to not listen to all the advice.

Duchess of Cambridge sits with Lea Clarke in a music class during her visit to the Treehouse, part

Duchess of Cambridge sits with Lea Clarke in a music class during her visit to the Treehouse, part of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices, in Ipswich - Credit: PA

Mum-of-three Jo Clarke from Manningtree, who met the Duchess of Cambridge when she opened the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice in Ipswich last March, sent her message of support.

On hearing that Kate had given birth to a baby boy, Jo urged the Royal couple to find their own way through parenthood and “enjoy every minute”.

Her 10-year-old daughter Lea started fitting at three months old. Within a short space of time the youngster was lost in her body – she couldn’t smile or cry, eat or drink and would fit day and night.

Mrs Clarke, who is also mum to Lea’s twin Abbi and 14-year-old Kieran, said she is backing Henry as the name for the tiny Prince.


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“It is so exciting,” she said. “All the reports of crowds gathering outside the hospital and at Buckingham Palace is just lovely, it is great to see good news dominate the headlines.”

Reflecting on meeting Kate, who visited a music class Lea was taking part in, Mrs Clarke added: “The Duchess has a natural warmth and empathy, she has a lovely manner with people.

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“When we met her with Lea, it was a really, really touching moment.

“Lea can’t vocalise how she is feeling.

“Kate sat next to her and I explained she couldn’t speak but when Lea got excited and started to move her leg and get involved playing her instrument, Kate gave me a huge smile and was so encouraging to Lea.

“She completely understood what a big thing it was for Lea to take part.

“I am sure she will make a fantastic mummy. My advice to Kate would be, don’t listen to all the advice – find your own way and enjoy every minute.

“There is no right or wrong way to do things, just enjoy your baby because it goes so very quickly – before you know it you have a teenager on your hands.

“It is especially important when it’s your first, everybody will rush to give advice but everyone will tell you different things. You will know the best thing for your baby.”

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