Prince William’s wife has filmed herself with a special message for Children’s Mental Health Week, which started on Monday. The Duchess of Cambridge was seen outdoor near her Norfolk home, where she has been isolating with her husband and three children during lockdown.
The footage showed the Duchess, who is patron of the children’s charity Place2Be, sporting a woolly hat and a matching navy jacket.
She delivered an “unscripted” speech, which alongside her natural makeup choice, marked a difference from her usual virtual engagements.
The initiative, set up by Placce2Be, BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy, aimed to teach children about mental health through discussion.
In the video, Kate said: “While this is Children’s Mental Health Week there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too.
“Last year you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritise.
“This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too.
“Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.”
Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl said the Duchess unscripted video was “one of her most natural video appearances,” adding that it differed from her other virtual appearances “where she is usually dressed up and in full makeup.”
The royal expert said the Duchess could be experiencing a boost in her confidence, which also helps her enjoy her virtual duties more rather than dreading them.
She also noted the lack of professional lighting and other gadgets to enhance the quality of the footage in her outdoor video.
Ms Nicholl added: “Sources close to the Duchess say that Kate has become more confident in front of the camera and has learned to enjoy rather than dread video calls.
“She has set up a DIY shoot location at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where the Cambridges are spending the lockdown, and apparently has a special stand for her laptop and a ring light to ensure the shot is well lit.”
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