The Duchess of Cambridge uses selfie mode to make video launching Children's Mental Health Week

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Pool/Max Mumby
Photo credit: Pool/Max Mumby

From Harper's BAZAAR

The Duchess of Cambridge was advocating the importance of parents taking the time to look after their wellbeing as she shared a personal video message on her official Instagram account ahead of Children's Mental Health Week.

Kate, who used the selfie mode to shoot the clip, was speaking from the grounds of the family's country residence of Anmer Hall in Norfolk, on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

The duchess was looking casual in a navy blue bobble hat and a blue quilted jacket as she announced in her video message: "This week's Children's Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself. That's finding creative ways to share your thoughts through, ideas and feelings.

"So whether that's through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry – it's finding those things that makes you feel good about yourself."

The royal continued: "And 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."

Photo credit: Comic Relief - Getty Images
Photo credit: Comic Relief - Getty Images

The caption for the video on the duke and duchess's official Instagram account stated: "Tomorrow is the start of Children's Mental Health Week - an opportunity to remind ourselves not just how important our own children's mental health is but also parental wellbeing too.

"We look forward to sharing more about this year's theme of expressing yourself throughout the week. #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek."

Kate's latest message comes after she discussed how "exhausting" it was juggling parenting and homeschooling during the nation's third lockdown. Kate and William are at their country home with children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The duchess explained to the parents and headteacher Melissa Loosemore how she was feeling: "I think as parents you've the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with."

Kate also credited Prince William for giving her the greatest amount of support during the pandemic.

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