The Duchess of Cambridge recently opened up to students about her insecurities at the official opening of the Global Academy in Hayes. Kate, who looked radiant in red for a joint engagement with her husband Prince William and her brother-in-law Prince Harry, admitted that at times she feels shy and isolated as a mother.
The Duchess, Duke and Harry were on hand to open the new academy in support of their mental health campaign Heads Together. Global Academy is a state school that is working to develop the next generation of talent in the digital media and broadcast industry. During the engagement, the Duchess joined students producing a radio show on the theme of mental health.
Prince George's mother spoke to students at the school asking, "Is this an issue you knew about or had experienced before this? Have any of you spoken to your friends or family about issues that have been bothering you?" Oliver Monger, who hopes to pursue a career in the film industry, admitted that he was shy to talk to "to someone so high," to which Kate told the 16-year-old, "I'm shy as well, so don't worry." Following their encounter, Oliver told reporters, "That was just fantastic. It has really boosted my confidence. I had no idea what to say at first but she really put me at ease."
Apart from students, the royal mum-of-two chatted with fellow mums, Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, who co-founded the app Mush, which connects new mothers with each other. The women admitted to the Duchess that they felt in need of a friend after having their children. "'It is lonely at times. You do feel quite isolated," Kate confessed. "But actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you're going through. But it’s being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out."
While visiting the school, Harry, William and his wife also participated in a roundtable conversation on the topic of mental health with former Spice Girls member Emma Bunton and presenter Jamie Theakston. Jamie joked, "I'm not sure the royal party has been this close to a Spice Girl" — though that is not true! Just the day before, Prince William honoured Victoria Beckham with an OBE — Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — for her charity work and contributions to fashion.
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