The floral designer dress was first worn by the Duchess of Kent to the royal wedding last May.
The BBC’s new documentary fronted by the Duke of Cambridge has prompted an important discussion on men’s mental health and male suicide.Royal Team Talk saw the future King engage in a roundtable discussion with sporting heroes, including Thierry Henry, Gareth Southgate and Peter Crouch, about overcoming the most difficult moments in their careers by being open about what they were going through.“Guys, in general, find it very difficult to talk about their feelings – doing what we’re doing here makes a huge difference,” said Prince William.In the discussion, the men talk about feeling “forbidden to cry” at times, with Southgate referencing football’s “culture of not opening up about anything in your life without being seen as weak”.“But that’s the key,” the England manager continued, “it isn’t a weakness, it’s actually a strength.”Powerful moments such as these have sparked widespread praise on Twitter, with many viewers sharing anecdotes about how being open or playing in team sports helped them combat mental health issues.Speaking about his brother, who took his own life in 2014, mental health campaigner Jonny Sharples wrote: “When Simon died by suicide four years ago, I’d never have imagined we’d see the England manager on TV openly discussing his mental health. “I wish Simon could’ve seen a programme like ARoyalTeamTalk, but there’s comfort in knowing countless others will feel the benefit of seeing it.”> ARoyalTeamTalk is such an important watch, the stats around suicide in males is heartbreaking. Your gender, your job etc doesn’t guarantee you happiness, mental health is serious. Never be ashamed to admit you’re not ok, speaking out/checking on someone can save a life.> > — 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙚 𝙅𝙚𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙨. (@CharlotteJJ95) > > May 19, 2019Another person revealed how playing football helped him overcome a long battle with drug and alcohol abuse.“I have been clean now over two years and run my own football group for others now. Don’t be ashamed. You are not alone. It’s ok to not be ok. ARoyalTeamTalk MentalHealth,” he wrote.> @mrdanwalker I’m a primary school teacher and ARoyalTeamTalk will be shown to my Y6s tomorrow. Thank you. This is just what we all need to hear and follow the examples set from the conversations you had 😃👏🏼> > — Matt Finch (@MattFinch_) > > May 19, 2019Labour MP Stella Creasy was also among those to praise the documentary, writing: “Extraordinary programme on BBC 1 right now about men’s mental health with Prince William, Gareth Southgate, Peter Crouch, Dan Walker, Thierry Henry, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Rose all being incredibly open and compelling. Well worth a watch mensteamtalk.”> Thank you so much for all your amazing messages about ARoyalTeamTalk last night. Some really uplifting comments and this email from Christine really sums it all up MakeExtraTime > The programme will be on the @BBCiPlayer for 2 months https://t.co/2thk2TkWGL pic.twitter.com/uwzv26mzpN> > — Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) > > May 20, 2019In the documentary, Prince William opens up about his experience with bereavement, describing the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, as a “pain like no other pain”.Royal Team Talk is available to watch on BBC iPlayer here.If you have been affected by any issues mentioned in this article, you can contact The Samaritans for free on 116 123 or any of the following mental health organisations:mind.org.uknhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealthmentalhealth.org.uksamaritans.organxietyuk.org.uk
Last week William joked: “I'm very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.”
The Duke of Cambridge has teamed up with celebrities including Katy Perry, Stephen Fry, and Jameela Jamil to record a radio message to mark the start of mental health awareness week.The minute-long message was broadcast at 10.59am on Monday 13 May across more than 300 UK radio stations and featured Prince William and his fellow A-listers discussing the importance of listening and the positive role it can play in our mental health.At the beginning of the message, Perry said "while we are listening, we’re not really listening", before Fry added that "there are people out there who are desperate to be heard".Prince William joined in the conversation, telling listeners: "Being able to talk about how you’re feeling is essential to keeping emotionally and physically healthy."Each and everyone one of us has the power to make a difference."The message marks a collaboration between Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and Heads Together, the mental health campaign spearheaded by the duke's Royal Foundation.The recording comes days after William joined forces with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to launch a text messaging helpline to support those struggling with poor mental health health.The initiative, dubbed Shout, was formed from a £3m grant donated from the Royal Foundation, the charity that the four royals run together and use to fund various philanthropic projects ranging from wildlife conservation to supporting young people.> Today at 10:59, make sure you turn on the radio for the MentalHealthMinute with The Duke of Cambridge, @katyperry, @stephenfry @JameelaJamil & @AleshaOfficial on +300 UK radio stations. > > What better way to kick off MentalHealthAwarenessWeek? https://t.co/Jko7ttFfgy pic.twitter.com/8cCsN7pMuH> > — Heads Together (@heads_together) > > May 13, 2019Shout aims to help those in need progress from “crisis to calm” by providing them with trained volunteers offering instant support. The service is anonymous, free to use and open 24/7.Earlier this year, William took part in a panel discussion about mental health at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.During the talk, the royal spoke about his own experiences with mental health in a bid to highlight the important role employers play in promoting health workplaces.Recalling one particular incident when he worked as an ambulance pilot, William said if he didn’t have supportive colleagues to turn to about the situation, he would likely have “gone down a slippery slope” mentally. “I still find it very difficult to talk about it,” the father-of-three said."I get very emotional about it because it relates very closely to my children and so it is very hard to talk about it.“I know that if I hadn’t taken the action that I did then, I would have definitely gone down a slippery slope and I would have been dealing with mental illness on a different level.”Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019.
One PR expert thinks a joint engagement, soon after the reports of a feud began to emerge, could have quickly helped to dispel the stories.
Speculation of a rift between the Cambridges and Sussexes began at the end of 2018, but one PR expert thinks the rumours could have been dispelled quicker with a joint engagement. Speaking on Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box,' Nick Ede says: “They could have killed these stories pretty quickly and they could have made it much, much sharper, even just getting them all out together on some kind of event and having them all out together laughing and smiling,” While they’ve attended annual official events such as Trooping the Colour and the Remembrance Day and Commonwealth Day services, the foursome have only had one charity engagement together - The Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018. But royal editor Robert Jobson believes William, Kate, Meghan and Harry probably won’t have gone along with that idea, if suggested to them, “because there was something to the story.”
Princess Diana’s former astrologer says that Kate Middleton is a “steadying force” for Prince William. Debbie Frank worked with the late princess for eight years and had regular contact with her. She speaks to Yahoo UK's royal correspondent Danielle Stacey, about what the royals’ star signs reveal about their relationships. Kate is Capricorn, while William is Cancerian. Speaking on 'The Royal Box,' Ms Frank says: "Kate and William are opposite, they say opposites attract. I think he needs his own rock, his own steadying force and I think that’s really what Kate is for him." Meghan is a Leo, while Harry is a Virgo. Ms Frank says: "Harry is a Virgo and they love to do things for other people. So they actually make quite a good couple in a way, it’s earth and fire. "He’s a bit more like the royal servant, even though he is a royal prince, but he would love to do everything he can for, he’s very devoted."
With a wardrobe of tuxedos and a glamorous social calendar, Prince William is living rather like a real life James Bond. The Duke of Cambridge has interned at security service MI5, secret intelligence service MI6 and GCHQ, according to Kensington Palace.
Rumours of a feud between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex began to circulate, shortly after it was announced that Meghan and Harry would be moving to Frogmore Cottage. With various reports of tensions between the brothers and a fall-out between the sisters-in-laws, it's had everyone analysing their every move. One royal author Anna Pasternak speaks to Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box' about why she thinks that rumours of a royal rift are true.