Giovanna Fletcher unable to sleep because of Kate Middleton: ‘I literally wasn’t sleeping’

Giovanna Fletcher is used to meeting celebrities on her famous podcast, Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

But the 35 year old was left unable to sleep ahead of hosting Kate Middleton for a chat on all things motherhood.

Giovanna appeared on Lorraine on Thursday and spoke about having the Duchess of Cambridge as a guest on her podcast.

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When Christine Lampard, who’s covering for Lorraine Kelly this week, commented that the Duchess of Cambridge had been on Giovanna’s wish list, Giovanna said: “From day one, yes.”

Although she was extremely excited to welcome Prince William’s wife on to the show, the children’s author admitted she suffered side affects from the idea of meeting the royal.

Giovanna said: “The week before, I literally wasn’t sleeping. Because she’d been on my wish list for so long, and my dream guest, it’s one thing to actually want someone on and then to get them and go ‘Oh my gosh, that comes with so much responsibility.’

“But as soon as I started planning out the episode… and what I do every time is I map it out, write loads of questions and then I don’t look at the paper at all and just enjoy the chat, just kind of get lost in it.

“But as soon as I started remembering that I was just talking to another mum, everything else sort of made sense.”

She added: “That’s what the podcast’s all about. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, what you do – there are so many parts of motherhood that we can all relate to, and it’s a complete leveller.

“We were talking about lack of sleep – literally, it just gets you, it takes over. To have her on… and it’s a brilliant time for her, the amount of work she’s done in Early Years, and that’s the amazing thing about the podcast, is you really understand how passionate she is and how much she cares for the Early Years.

“She’s really wanting to listen to people and what they think.”

Whilst on her first ever podcast, K-Midd also credited the skills of meditation and mindfulness that she had learned helped her manage the symptoms.

Admitting that she was "not the happiest of pregnant people", Kate said that through hynobirthing she "realised the power of the mind over the body" when it came to dealing with the sickness.

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Kate explained of practise: "I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that – that they teach you in hypnobirthing – when I was really sick and actually I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour.

“It was hugely powerful and because it had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour!"

Lorraine airs on ITV weekdays from 9am

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