On Wednesday afternoon, the Duchess of Cambridge held an event near her future home, Kensington Palace, to meet marathon runners who are taking part in support of her Heads Together campaign. And whilst there, the royal opened up about her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, who recently spoke up about his struggles with mental health following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
While chatting to the group of runners about their training – ahead of the actual event on Sunday – one man spoke up about Harry, and how much good he had done in bravely speaking out.
Jamie Maloy, a primary school headteacher, said, “What I love is your brother-in-law talking the other day, because it just ignited it.
“Everyone’s talking about mental health now because someone who is so famous and so much in the public eye has actually turned around and said something hit me hard – the death of a close loved one. And I think people have gone ‘good on you, because you could have never mentioned that'”
And Catherine clearly agreed, calling her brother-in-law “brilliant.” She said, “We all felt there was very much a campaign to get everyone talking and have these conversations, so we’ve got to do the same, you know – so he’s been brilliant.”
Jamie went on to add that the Prince has proven to be a “real hero” for a lot of people, Catherine agreed saying “absolutely”.
The Duchess continued chatting to the crowd, and even spoke about her own mental health following the birth of her eldest child, George. Whilst speaking to another mother, DJ Neev Spencer, who suffered from post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter, Catherine admitted, “Nothing can prepare you for motherhood – especially the first time round, the mixed emotions.”
Neev said afterwards, “Kate was just so lovely. She was really genuine. I felt comfortable enough to share my experience with her. She was agreeing with me on all the points about how tough being a mum is at the beginning. She must understand from when she had George.”
The Duchess of Cambridge rocked a pared down look for the mid-afternoon event in London, with a casual, £220 Luisa Spagnoli striped top, some black skinny jeans, and her favourite pair of white trainers, which are £50 from Superga.
The event also marked the beginning of the movement to decorate 70 Royal Mail postboxes with the signature ‘Heads Together’ campaign headbands along the 26 mile London Marathon route. And Catherine was seen tying on the very first, on the postbox outside Kensington Palace.
Catherine, Prince William, and Prince Harry will all attend the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23rd April, and will be cheering on all of the runners taking part in support of the Heads Together mental health campaign.