Duchess Kate gives poignant speech: Mentions the 'ignorance' and 'lack of confidence' she has felt about motherhood

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke at an event for a British charity today, giving a touching and poignant speech about motherhood, its joys, and also its struggles. She spoke for quite a bit longer than her typical speech, and certainly opened up about some of the difficulties she has faced in her own experience as a mother.

To start, Kate opened her speech with a comment on yesterday's terror attack in London, saying: "Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday's terrible attack in Westminster. We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we're here to talk about."

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She went on to acknowledge that she has more help and support at home than most mothers do -- likely referring to Prince George and Princess Charlotte's nanny, Maria Borrallo -- but that parenting is still a challenge.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017. Best Beginnings, a Charity Partner of the Heads Together campaign which is led by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has launched the 'Out of the Blue' film series which explores a range of mental health conditions from low mood and anxiety to more severe forms of depression. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Heathcliff O'Malley (Photo credit should read HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after attending the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets a mother, Kirsty Francois, 21, and her daughter Teegan-Mia, 2, during a meeting with a parent support group at the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured during a meeting with a parent support group while attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017. Best Beginnings, a Charity Partner of the Heads Together campaign which is led by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has launched the 'Out of the Blue' film series which explores a range of mental health conditions from low mood and anxiety to more severe forms of depression. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Heathcliff O'Malley (Photo credit should read HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R), is pictured during a meeting with a parent support group while attending the launch of a series of films to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges in London on March 23, 2017. Best Beginnings, a Charity Partner of the Heads Together campaign which is led by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has launched the 'Out of the Blue' film series which explores a range of mental health conditions from low mood and anxiety to more severe forms of depression. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Heathcliff O'Malley (Photo credit should read HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a parent support group during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Launch of Maternal Mental Health Films ahead of Mother's Day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after attending the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Launch of Maternal Mental Health Films ahead of Mother's Day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets a mother, Kirsty Francois, 21, and her daughter Teegan-Mia, 2, during a meeting with a parent support group at the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a parent support group during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Heads Together Chief Executive Alison Baum during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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In an event leading up to Mother's Day (which is March 26th in the UK), the Duchess spoke to the complete change that happens when a woman becomes a mother -- and the fear, too. "There is no rule book," Kate said, "no right or wrong - you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance."

The royal mom of two is continuing her efforts to de-stigmatize mental health issues, and this includes new mothers who are struggling not just with postpartum depression (which affects 2 in 10 women) but also feelings of uncertainty, nerves and pressure to be the "perfect mom."

She had a sweet moment with fellow young families, and made a funny comment about Prince George, which you can see below:

The Duchess re-wore a familiar outfit for her event today, a retro-inspired pink and white checked skirt and top by Eponine London. She first wore it about a year ago while attending an event with Prince William, pairing it with black accessories, whereas this time she chose her nude suede Gianvito Rossi pumps and clutch by LK Bennett (seen here in gold).

The Duchess likely chose this outfit for a few reasons -- first, it's lovely and by a British designer, but it's also not a new outfit, so would draw less attention to what she's wearing and more to what she's saying and the cause she's supporting. She's also made the choice recently to opt more for suits than dresses or coats. Is this an effort of Kate's to have an even more professional work "uniform"? We've always felt she dresses professionally (and beautifully!) but this definite shift in what she's choosing may say that she's ready for a wardrobe shift.

See Kate's new professional uniform below:

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When visiting the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team to learn about their work with children, Kate brought back a maroon Paule Ka skirt suit. She paired the look with her suede Stuart Weitzman boots and a black turtleneck.

(Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge chose Eponine London separates when she attended the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother's day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on March 23, 2017 in London.

(Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Okay so it's not a skirt suit, but that blazer fits right in! Kate took part in a training exercise during a visit to the RAF Air Cadets on Valentine's Day, wearing a red jacket by Philosophy by Lorezo Serafini.

(Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The Duke and Duchess attended a Guild of Health Writers conference focused on mental health in London, and Kate wore a brightly colored Oscar de la Renta suit.

(Photo credit should read EDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Kate brought back an old favorite -- her red Luisa Spagnoli suit -- for a visit to a primary school to mark Children's Mental Health Week.

(Photo credit should read IAN VOGLER/AFP/Getty Images)

It was a brand new Hobbs suit for Kate during a visit to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices in January.

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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You can read Kate's full speech on the Daily Mail, and watch above for more.

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