Kate continues mental health work with guest-editing gig at a news site

By Mulenga Horsby

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a special Christmas season, her first with a family of four, but now she's back to work working for mental health in young children. In a bid to bring even further awareness to her important cause, the duchess, née Kate Middleton, will join the staff of the Huffington Post in the U.K. in mid-February for a day as guest editor of the news site.

Her focus will be to highlight the inspiring work being done by parents, teachers, researchers and professionals on mental health issues.


The duchess will welcome the online team to Kensington Palace in February.

Since having Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the royal mother has stepped up her efforts in this area. Just before Christmas, Kate visited the Anna Freud Centre, which helps children with serious behavioural issues, joining in with a drumming lesson as part of their end-of-term celebrations.

Accompanied by Prince William, she also took part in the ICAP Charity Day, a fundraising event in the business district where they became brokers for the day. The couple helped raise money for Place2Be, one of Kate's patronages which provides counselling for children in schools.

The royals visit a youth project to find out more about the problem of bullying.

By February, two-year-old George should be settled at nursery school, allowing his mother to turn her attention to the work that has become increasingly important to her.

He attend the Westacre Montessori School in the village of East Walton in Norfolk, near their country base, Anmer Hall. A royal source has told Hello! that on the prince's first day last week, both his parents dropped him off and "it seems all went well."

In a recent interview, William gave a clue about how their children have affected their outlook recently saying that he is "a lot more emotional" since becoming a father.

"Now the smallest little things (affect me)," he told TV presenters. "You well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father."

Kate has made mental health in children a central part of her public duties.

His wife must feel the same, which is why the guest editing spot is one of her first projects of the year.

"The Duchess of Cambridge has made the mental health of young children a key focus of her work in recent years," said a Kensington Palace spokesperson. "She is delighted that the Huffington Post will help put a spotlight on this important issue.

"The duchess will be commissioning contributions from a number of leading figures in the mental health sector as well as from young people, parents and teachers. We look forward to welcoming the Huffington Post to Kensington Palace next month."

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