Kate Middleton has filmed herself while out on a walk in the British countryside during lockdown to raise awareness of Children's Mental Health Week.
In a video posted to the Kensington Royal social media accounts on Sunday, the 39-year-old royal delivered a message to camera from what appears to be the grounds of Anmer Hall, where she, Prince William and their three children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis) have been residing during lockdown.
The clip shows the mother of three wearing a navy coloured knitted bobble hat and quilted jacket as she encourages parents to 'look after' themselves in this 'hugely challenging time'. Children's Mental Health Week starts on Monday, February 1 and ends on Sunday, February 7.
'This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself – about finding creative ways in which to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings…so whether that’s through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry – it’s finding those things that make you feel good about yourself,' she continued.
The mother-of-three also used her time on camera to remind other parents to be mindful of their own mental health and the impact of their wellbeing on raising children.
'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,' she added.
'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.'
Middleton's words come days after she opened up to a group of parents about how 'exhausting' she's found lockdown.
'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,’ she explained.
The royal has been an active advocate for annual Children's Mental Health Week since it was launched in 2015. The week aims to highlight the importance of children and young people's mental health and was first celebrated by Place2Be, a children's mental health charity of which Middleton is royal patron.
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