Kate Middleton has talked about the importance of children’s mental health for more than three and a half minutes, her longest-ever speech in public since marrying Prince William. She delivered the remarkable speech when she attended the Place2Be’s Headteacher Conference, one of many charities she supports with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
“I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children. I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours,” the Duchess’s speech went. “I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to,” she emotionally shared.
Morning News USA reported previously that the British Monarchy had been gagging the Duchess of Cambridge for being too open, vocal and bubbly for a princess. The Queen had reportedly prohibited her from making public addresses and delegated the job instead to Prince William.
In her speech, Middleton stressed that many children suffering mental illness are not lucky to have the anchor of a strong family. “Many will arrive through your school gates feeling a real lack of love and devotion in their lives. This often leaves them feeling insecure and without confidence and trust in the world around them,” the princess said, ending her speech with a very powerful note. “Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved – we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation.”
Place2Be provides integrated school-based mental health and emotional support services to more than 67,000 children in 175 schools across some of the most deprived areas in the UK. The charity tailored its curriculum to meet the individual needs of children aged 4-14 years old for their parents, carers and teachers to help them cope with social issues like bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.