We’ve known about this for a while, but today’s the day that Duchess Kate took over as guest editor of Huffington Post UK. Like many bloggers, she’s working from home. But since her home is Kensington Palace, she is unlike every other blogger on the planet. She also isn’t in her pyjamas, but that’s OK. Because all that aside, Apartment 8 of the palace was transformed into a working newsroom for Kate and other reporters, mental health reps, and even some lucky kids for the day.
Kate also wrote her first story and she even had a little bio picture. Right next to her byline were the words Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The headline, “Let’s Make a Real Difference for an Entire Generation of Young Children” wasn’t the grabbiest, but we get the message, and it’s a great one. The Duchess’ first piece of journalism is a personal account of how she became such a proponent for the mental health and well-being of children.
It began after she married Prince William and “started working with charities helping those affected by issues such as addiction, family breakdown and vulnerable children.” The heartbreaking stories and the devastating outcomes affected her and now she wants kids’ mental health to be seen as “every bit as important as their physical health.”
She also writes about the stigma surrounding these problems and says enough is enough. “Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.”
But then she gets really personal.
“Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it,” she writes. “We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”
Kate’s blog post is the first in the Huffington Post UK‘s new series, Young Minds Matter, which brings together a number of charities to discuss new ways of tackling the problems and causes, and removing the stigma and prejudice, surrounding the mental health crisis among children.
It’s been a busy day for Kate, as it was also announced that she is now patron of The Anna Freud Centre, a children’s mental health charity she visited last year. “The patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s continued personal interest in children’s mental health and emotional well-being,” the Palace said in a statement.
If she ever wants another career, the Duchess may have found her calling. Job well done, Kate.