Duchess Catherine has admitted parenthood can be "so hard" when there is a lack of support available.
The 37-year-old royal - who has children Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and nine-month-old Prince Louis with husband Prince William - spoke candidly during a visit to charity Family Action on Tuesday as she acknowledged the "struggle" that comes when support "falls away" for new families.
Speaking as she helped launch a new national support line for the organisation - which provides community assistance for families in south London - she said: "It's so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one, it falls away. After that, there isn't a huge amount - lots of books to read.
"Everybody experiences the same struggle."
The Duchess also met young carers, who juggle school with looking after a family member and praised them for being able to balance their studies with their responsibilities at home.