The Duchess of Cambridge has, in the past, taken a special interest in mental health and in the well-being of children everywhere. Now, with two children of her own, the young mother is striving to make both of those concerns her focus. Just like Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate wants to establish herself as a crusader in charity work that is near and dear to her.
While her late mother-in-law concentrated mainly on victims of AIDS and landmine issues (that’s now Prince Harry‘s terrain), Kate plans to do similar work with children’s mental health issues.
Now that Kate has wrapped up her maternity leave, she plans to devote more time to her royal duties. “The Duchess of Cambridge spent a large chunk of last year on maternity leave,” an aide told the Daily Mail. “She will continue to focus on her family but this year she will be doing more engagements and mental health is going to be a big cause.”
First up is the charity Place2Be –of which Kate is patron– which provides integrated school-based mental health and emotional support services to kids and parents in the U.K., . Will‘s wife will be the face of a major campaign they are kicking off in February.
According to the Mail, Kate will make a rare video appeal to promote Children’s Mental Health Week in the U.K., which starts on February 8.
Like Diana in the past, Kate does much of her charity work away from the spotlight so the focus can remain on those in need. The Duchess has been having private visits with children affected by mental health issues, hoping to teach young people the importance of “bouncing forward from life’s challenges.”
So for all those who think the Duchess hasn’t been pulling her weight in the royal duties department, we think 2016 is going to be her year.