We’ve said it before but it’s not often we hear the Duchess of Cambridge speak. Sure, we’ve seen photos of her during appearances but it’s a rare thing to hear her voice. Ahead of her solo interview about the Queen in a couple months, Kate released a new PSA discussing mental health issues for kids and not only did she speak, but we also got to see the mom of two in action with a group of children.
Unlike past messages in which the royal is giving a speech or video message, this is a more casual chat with four kids (though they did look a little nervous, for obvious reasons). Kate shakes their hands, then sits down and asks them about school, friends, and how the charity Place2Be — which works in more than 250 schools and trains staff to better understand a child’s behavior and help them manage their emotions in a positive way — helps support them.
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“I find Place2Be a very good thing to be in the school because whenever I have an issue I just decide to go there and it makes me feel a lot better because I like speaking what I feel,” one youngster says.
“Every child deserves to grow up feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks,” Kate says in the ad, made for for Children’s Mental Health Week, which starts today in the U.K. “Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from. But for some children, learning to cope with life’s challenges can be a struggle.”
The Duchess adds: “While we cannot always change a child’s circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope, and to thrive. With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help.”
The release of the PSA comes on the heels of Kate attending her first event as the new royal patron for the Air Cadets. It was the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps in London on Sunday and she represented. We’re sure Prince Philip, who recently passed his patronage on to Kate after 63 years serving as Air Commodore-in-Chief, and the Queen are pleased.
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