Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry united once again for another Heads Together event, where they each spoke passionately about mental health to an audience of journalists, charity workers and business leaders. They later spoke with the media personalities who will be running the London Marathon this April that benefits the eight mental health charities sponsored by the royals’ campaign. One in particular gave us some insight into Will and Kate’s dynamic.
Good Morning Britain presenter Sean Fletcher, who is running the 26.2-mile course for the charity YoungMinds, revealed to reporters that he “chatted to Prince William and he has promised that he will run a marathon in Kenya sometime.”
But Kate greeted her husband’s promise with a perfectly arched raised brow, according to Fletcher. “Then I spoke to Kate and she said, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.'”
Ha! Everyone who’s ever been in a relationship just laughed and nodded because this is what we do: scoff at our loved ones’ fantasies. We kid. Sort of.
All jokes aside, Fletcher did say that “William’s understanding was incredible but also his sympathy and empathy with me. He asked me lots of questions. I’ve never met him before, but he’s such a warm man. Like two dads talking together.”
During their speeches, Will, Kate and Harry spoke about the importance of lending their support to mental health causes.
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“Mental health matters to each and every one of us. It matters just as much as our physical health,” said William. “There are times when, whoever we are, it is hard to cope with challenges — and when that happens, being open and honest and asking for help is life-changing.”
Harry added: “It has been unbelievably encouraging to see that attitudes towards mental health across the country are beginning to change. In the past, the phrase ‘mental health’ would be translated to mental illness. But thankfully that is changing! As a result of family, school or work pressures, everyone’s lives are lived at a frightening pace and these stresses can often seem overwhelming.”
Kate said that she and the boys have all seen firsthand how opening up about mental health can prove beneficial.
“William, Harry and I have been very privileged to witness in the course of our work countless examples of simple conversations that have changed lives, which were the first step on a path to recovery,” recalled Kate. “Just last week at the Anna Freud Centre, I heard from one mother how talking to a support worker was — in her words — like medicine. Simply by having someone there to have a conversation with helped her immensely.”
Newswoman Sian Williams, who also plans to run the marathon after recovering from breast cancer and writing a book on mental health, described the royals’ passion for the cause as “really impressive,” adding “They have researched it, they have personal experience because of the jobs they do — William talking about his role in air ambulance and Harry and his role in the military.”
“You get a very keen sense it’s something they have been aware of for a very long time, and they feel as though they can help get the talking going.”
As for the marathon, Kate just knows, you know? Anyone who’s known someone for as long as she’s known William knows it’s probably not going to happen. Sure, Will is a fit guy, but perhaps Kenya, a country that produces magnificent marathoners on a daily basis, shouldn’t be the first place he attempts a marathon. Safety issues might plague his attempt in a future London Marathon but his security detail can run alongside, no?