Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry joined forces on Thursday (Apr. 20) to open the new Global Academy in Hayes, London. The royal trio were shining the spotlight on their mental health campaign Heads Together, which aims to get people talking and thinking about their own mental health. Kate, who looked elegant in a red Armani suit, her husband William and brother-in-law Harry met students at the academy who are training to be the next generation of production staff.
The trio visited the Heart Breakfast Show and LBC's Nick Ferrari Show – to see the programme in action and meet students helping to produce the material. They found out how students are developing their skills for a career in broadcasting. Kate, 35, observed students who are producing a show on the topic of mental health while William, 34, listened to recordings of past royal broadcasts, including those of his ancestors George V, George VI and Elizabeth II. Harry joined a group who were learning about the science of sound and how audio is processed.
The royals also joined a roundtable discussion with Global presenters, LBC's Nick Ferrari, Heart's Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton and Capital's Roman Kemp, as well as students and people who have taken part in the morning radio shows, talking about the importance of having a conversation about mental health. At the end of their visit, William, Kate and Harry sat in on an assembly featuring work of students focusing on talking about mental wellbeing, where Their Royal Highnesses officially opened the Global Academy.
The Global Academy is a state school founded and operated by Global, The Media & Entertainment Group, designed to prepare students for careers in the broadcast and digital media industry, offering academic and vocational training. As well as giving young people a route into the media industry, the Global Academy gives students the practical and technical skills they need to succeed in the real world. This includes encouraging young people to talk about any mental wellbeing issues they may be facing, with an hour of mental wellbeing on the curriculum every week, recognising the issue and removing the stigma sometimes associated with it.