We all know parenting can be tough.
We talk about it everyday.
Whether you are a single mum juggling three-under-three or a stay-at-home parent of a disabled child. Whether you work full time, part time or not at all, with one, two, three or ten kids. Mums or dads, young or older parents, we all feel that basic level of humility when we compare our journeys and realise that at some level we all struggle with parenting.
It’s the great leveller, isn’t it? That shared bond. We are all in it together.
But what about a prince?
What if you have butlers and nannies and security guards and chefs and private nurses and a team of doctors and several houses and a suite of cars?
What if you have millions in disposable income and all the help you need?
Are you allowed to have a whinge then?
Prince William has found out the hard way, that no you are jolly-well not – well, according to the world of social media.
The Duke of Cambridge committed the parenting faux-pas when he admitted he found it difficult to adjust from being a single bachelor to a married dad-of-two.
The father to Prince George, 3, and one-year-old Princess Charlotte, told a Vietnamese talk show: “There’s wonderful highs and wonderful lows. It’s been quite a change for me personally.
“I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine, she’s an amazing mother and a fantastic wife.
“But I’ve struggled at times. The alteration from being a single independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing.”
But his comments didn’t go down very well on social media with users saying he didn’t know what “struggling” was and he was “out of touch”.
One woman wrote: “I can't even bring myself to read this when I'm currently re-juggling the shopping list to be able to make sure that the gas and electricity stays topped up, and there's food on the table and making sure that I have before and after school club fees and the dinner money for next week, whilst making sure that I don't make any unnecessary journeys because I'm in the red on the petrol.”