Kate Middleton has shed some light on the way she brings up her children with Prince William.
Speaking at the Royal Foundation Forum in London – where she was joined by William, Prince Harry and his soon-to-be-wife Meghan Markle – Kate revealed that her charity work on mental health has had a strong effect on her parenting methods.
‘You can’t help but reflect on your own life and it’s definitely had an impact on how sort of I look at how I mother, how we work as a family and you know, how we hope to bring up our children,’ said Kate.
The Duchess of Cambridge then went on to discuss the long-term goals the initiative.
‘The mental health of children and adults is one area where a long-term view will make all the difference to future generations,’ she added.
Mental health is an issue with real significance to the royals, who’ve been devoting their time and efforts to raise awareness and tackle stigma around the topic with their Heads Together initiative.
Launched in 2016 and part of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the campaign sees them collaborate with several partners – charities like Mind and Place2Be – in order to change the conversation around mental wellbeing.
Kate – who’s currently expecting her third child – also said previously that she encourages her children to talk about their feelings and would not hesitate to get them help if they needed it.
Kate says her charity work on mental health has changed her parenting
‘We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings. Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it [and we hope] to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older’, the mum said in a blog post written for The Huffington Post in 2016.
She continued: ‘We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.’