Seaton Carew couple who married on same days as William and Kate offer some Royally good parenting tips

(left to right) Kathryn, Dougie and Chris Tarn
(left to right) Kathryn, Dougie and Chris Tarn

A COUPLE who tied the knot on the same day as the Royal parents now have some advice of their own after celebrating having their own bundle of joy.

Kathryn and Chris Tarn were married on April 29, 2011 – the same day as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate.

The Seaton Carew couple now have their own little prince, 11-month-old Dougie, and spoke to the Mail as it was announced the Duchess had gone into labour on Monday morning.

The new prince will be third in line for the throne behind her granddad Prince Charles and her father.

Kathryn and Chris, who became parents on August 29 last year, had their own advice for the regal parents.

Chris, now 29, who was there for the birth of little Dougie, who weighed 8lb 7oz when he came into the world at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, said: “Prince William should get plenty of sleep when he can.”

And Kathryn, who endured sickness every day for seven weeks, similar to her Royal namesake, said: “Just enjoy every minute of motherhood.”

Although Kathryn finished her maternity leave in June and is back working as a physiotherapist with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, she said family life is: “Just lovely, really nice.

“Dougie is lovely, maternity leave has been the best part of my life.

“We do want to have another.”

Chris, also a physiotherapist with the trust, said: “It’s all been really good and completely new, there have been a few challenges, that’s for sure. But it’s brilliant.”

Kathryn, now 33, said: “When she was sick at the beginning, I could understand that feeling, because I was sick every day for seven weeks.

“She must have been a lot worse though with having to be admitted to hospital.”

Chris said the baby was “back-to-back” for 12 hours before Kathryn went into labour, causing her a lot of pain, though when the labour began, things ran a bit smoother.

Kathryn said she seemed to spend “a lifetime” in labour, going into hospital at 4pm before Dougie was born at 3am the next day.

The couple said they were really enjoying all the hype surrounding the Royal baby.

Kathryn, whose maiden name is Senior, said: “I think it’s exciting for the country, there is massive hype around it.

Chris added: “I think it’s good, it’s been something for the country to look forward to and get excited about.”

The Mail previously reported that the couple wed at Wynyard Hall, a few hours after the Royal couple tied the knot at Westminster Abbey.

Kathryn, originally from Huddersfield, and Chris, from Durham, have been together since 2006.

They were both in their final year of a physiotherapy degree at Huddersfield University and have lived in Seaton Carew since 
graduating.