Friday, 21 April 2017

It's Royal Radio as William and Kate Take Over the Airwaves & A Special #Oktosay Video from the Royal Trio!

We do love a surprise royal appearance! Throughout this week, we've chatted about how efforts are seriously amping up in the lead up to Sunday's marathon. Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid an unexpected visit to Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts who is participating in the London Marathon in support of Heads Together.


With just two days to go, the royals are eager to spread the word and spread the Heads Together message to as many people as possible.


As you can see Adele was both delighted and shocked to see William and Kate. :)


The Duke and Duchess also met DJ Nick Bright who is running the marathon and Mim Shaikh who is supporting Heads Together.


Speaking about Heads Together, Prince William described how "eye-opening" the experience had been. "This issue of mental health is really brimming under the surface of public consciousness," he said. Kate said simply talking could be "like medicine".


William and Kate discuss the power of a simple conversation.


It was fun to hear William and Kate chat about topics such as television shows and ordering takeaways. More from the BBC:

'The Duke and Duchess also revealed they watch "a lot" of children's programmes with their children. "George has gone past Peppa Pig," he said, adding that Fireman Sam was a big hit in their house at the moment.When it comes to adult programmes, the prince said Game of Thrones "was worth watching". And they "absolutely" are allowed to order takeaway when it comes to movie night, with Kate favouring a curry.'

William and Kate pre-recorded the BBC Radio 1 official chart with Greg James. This is just brilliant (look at Kate's face as William starts off by showcasing his best radio voice). Kate said: "Last week Harry Styles went straight to number one with his single 'Sign of The Times'. Can he do it again?" William added: "Or will Ed Sheeran reclaim that top spot. He had thirteen weeks at number one with 'Shape of You' before Harry came along and spoiled his Easter. Sounds Familiar!"


Scott Mills asked William if he has texted the show privately and got a shout out on a couple of occasions. :)


More from the Mail Online:

"William and Kate were asked what they were planning to give the Queen for her birthday. Admitting that it's difficult to buy for the woman who has everything, Kate told William: 'You're good at making things'. He continued: 'The great granchildren can make things. It doesn't matter what it looks like, it always goes down well. 'George does arts and crafts. He's very good.' As Kate accused him of trying to take credit for his son's artwork to pass off as his own gift, William joked: 'This is putting the marriage on the line."

Kate was also asked about being called Kate and Catherine. "with Scott pointing out that she's known as Kate in the media, while William refers to her as Catherine. He added 'I heard a podcast with Prince Harry where he said "William and Kath" and that really confused me. Is that just a thing in the family.'I'm not sure. I'm not that familiar with it,' she said. 'I'll answer to most things though.".


BBC Newsbeat shared a photo of royals on the big screen.


It was such an enjoyable and unexpected appearance. William and Kate seemed very much at ease and having fun all in the name of Heads Together.


The Palace tweeted to remind those using Snapchat to try on their digital headbands. Below, William and Kate wearing theirs.


And as you can see this blog's header is donning Heads Together gear too! :)



You can watch the full interview on YouTube.


The Duchess looked very stylish in a pretty new top and black pants. I know many of you have been hoping to see Kate select such a look for years now. Kate's Closet identified Kate's top as the Temperley London Cypre Pointelle Frill Top. The slim-fit garment features a ruffled mock neck and flared cuffs. It was available at Moda Operandi but is now unavailable.

Moda Operandi

The piece is from the Autumn 2017 Collection.

Moda Operandi

A very special day for Heads Together!

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Also today, Kensington Palace has released a new video of William, Kate and Harry discussing why Heads Together matters to them, why they chose to tackle the stigma of mental health, and the personal reasons driving them. Why Heads Together and why mental health? William and Harry said the concept was actually Kate's idea. The Duchess said: "Because it's a common thread, mental health seemed to run between all the different areas we were working in, so whether it's homelessness, military [looking at Harry], and addiction with me, and bereavement [looking to William]."


Kate opened up about the difficulties she faced when George was a baby particularly when they returned to Anglesey. "Having a child, particularly your first child is such a life-changing moment, nothing can really prepare you for that. Remember the first few days with little George, you have no idea what really you are doing, no matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it." Kate then turned to William and said: "Do you remember up in Anglesey? So we'd had our couple of weeks of family support and you were keen to get back to work and I was like: 'yeah, I'll come with you', so we scooted off back to Anglesey with George. Those first few weeks were a steep learning curve, massively."


William and Harry discussed "never talking enough" about the loss of their mother. Kate paid tribute to how strong they are.

"Considering what you boys sadly went through, the trauma that you experienced... I think it's incredible how strong you are and how you've been able to cope really. I put that down to your really early years, your childhood experience."

More from the Mail Online:

"Harry said: 'I always thought, what's the point of bringing up something that's only going to make you sad. It ain't going to change it. It ain't going to bring her back.' 
Kate paid tribute to the princes' 'amazingly close' relationship, saying it had obviously been a big help. 'Most of the time,' joked William, adding: 'We've probably been brought closer because of the circumstances.'"

It's an excellent video and not only do we know why it means so much to them, I think, because of Heads Together, we have got to know all three royals better. The video is the most open we've seen Kate. She has mentioned the first months with George were extremely challenging, but I don't think we realised just how difficult she found it and perhaps thanks to Kate opening up about that it will help other mothers share their stories. There seems to be a huge amount of guilt in relation to those emotions and it's great to hear Kate opening up. Heads Together has also offered a platform for William and Harry to speak about the pain and grief they experience over Diana and what a difficult journey it's been. All three have a wonderful rapport; it's evidently clear how close they are. It also marks a new day for the monarchy - hearing our royals talk about their mental health and emotional struggles is something very, very new (with the exception of Diana). The monarchy needs to modernise in order to survive and grow stronger, and I think we're seeing a glimpse into its future with this campaign.


We mentioned Kate was wearing a microphone when she arrived to greet runners at Kensington Palace Wednesday evening. She had obviously just finished filming the video. Kate wore a striped Luisa Spagnoli top, jeans and Superga Cotu trainers.


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With that, we wish Her Majesty a very Happy 91st Birthday!


Unless the royals have more surprises in store, we'll see you on Sunday morning for the marathon. William, Kate and Harry are due to start the race at 10 am.

296 comments:

  1. what a brilliant conversation. to the point!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 20:10

      I agree. Brilliant is the best word to explain these videos! Brilliantly important and brilliantly fun!

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  2. What a great video!! Loved it!

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  3. What a brave thing to do. Opening up like this. Lovely to hear them all talk, especially Kate. I hope this campaign helps everyone who needs support for mental problems. These royals do all they can! Karen, Holland

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  4. I love it! I think it's just fantastic how personal they have made this campaign. Seeing the three of them talking together is a real treat and I think Kate talking about going back to Anglesey with George is the most unguarded and real I've ever seen her. You could also see that in how she talked differently at that point than she usually does - not as nervous, not as clear, perhaps less aware that she's got an audience. It's been nice to see :-)
    I also like that she told that student yesterday that she's shy too. I think she really is; you can tell that speaking publically always makes her nervous. It's there in this video as well, so I appreciate it even more that she had this one unguarded moment and that she has spoken so openly about the challenges of motherhood. Kudos to them all!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 20:11

      I agree that Kate was very unguarded in the video, it was great. It must be such a hard role to fullfill as a shy person!

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  5. Sharyn from AUS21 April 2017 at 13:13

    I wish I could hug all three of them and thank them for shining such a large spotlight on mental health. I know there was been some discussion about what next; what to do after starting the conversation. I hope those discussions will occur in time, but for now I am grateful that we are all now thinking about that initial conversation. Every journey begins with a single step, and the Heads Together campaign is going to help so many people take that step, whether it's checking in with a friend, or being the one to finally say 'I'm not doing OK, even when I say I am'.

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  6. Anja from Germany21 April 2017 at 13:17

    Lovely to hear them talking and summing up their reasons for founding Heads Together. So sympathetic! Love them! Hope their a having a huge impact with their iniatative!

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  7. Absolutely, positively brilliant work from William, Kate and Harry with this campaign! I am so moved by the personal sentiments which they have shared and for making the effort to help people with what is known as a "silent-killer", I am sure that they have received some amazing feedback as well and I do hope that they continue to expand on their work with this issue.

    I really do not want to dampen the mood on this blog but I have to say that I was so livid with the article written by Katie Hopkins on the Daily Mail site regarding William and Harry "using interviews as therapy sessions" and that she prefers royals to be "cold". I mean how can anyone criticise another for sharing their feelings?? Just because they are royalty means that they are immune to feelings or emotions? They lost their mother for crying out loud. And not just any mother, perhaps the most loved (and photographed) woman in the world! The whole of Britain mourned Diana, the world mourned her. So to say that they should grieve privately or cry behind closed doors is so absurd when the world cried with them. Yes it was a situation that nobody was totally equipped to deal with but I believe that opening up about their mother's death is so humanising. I am sure that since 1997, both William and Harry must have met tons of people who must have mentioned their mother in some way so it probably felt like it was time for them to talk about it. It's people like this, who demean others for their troubles, that ought to be lambasted. You can not tell somebody to keep their feelings to themselves, regardless of who they are. Who is she to judge? I actually think that Diana would be so proud of all three of them for just humanising the royal family and also for making the effort to help others.

    I, for one, am grateful to all three of them for sharing such personal feelings on such a public platform. I mentioned in one of the other posts that this week my colleagues and I at work had a nice long chat about Harry's interview (because anything to do with Diana evokes emotion in everyone) and I actually ended up learning so much about people who I have worked with for about 5 years, things I had never previously known. It's a great feeling when someone you see everyday opens up to you on such a personal level because I know that we are often so busy and it may never seem like the "right time" to share your feelings with someone.

    Thank you to William, Kate and Harry for making so many people understand and appreciate mental health more! Keep it up guys :)

    I would like to end by quoting one of the most elegant, beautiful and kindest people who ever lived: "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." - Lady Diana.

    Love Avee in SA

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    1. So well said, Avee. I so agree with your sentiments. As William and Harry grow older the quality of caring about others, which I've no doubt they learnt at Diana's knee, is becoming more apparent. Together with Kate, they are a strong force. I too think that Diana would be incredibly proud of them all. I love the quote at the end of your comment!

      Fiona in Australia

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    2. Avee, you are not alone in being outraged about Katie Hopkins' comments. She is greatly lacking in human compassion. Some journalists delight in being controversial. It gives them a bit of fame...although fame for the wrong reasons. Kate is a great support to her husband and she shares this strength, in sisterly and caring way, with Harry. I think it is very telling that when William chose a life partner, he selected a woman with the same grace and kindness as his mother.

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    3. Thank you Fiona and Bonnie, I wish that horrible article by Katie Hopkins could be removed. It saddens me to think that such positivity and great strides have to be met with criticism and harshness.

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  8. Interesting video, thanks, Charlotte! I'm guessing this is part of the reason why Kate had the mic attached the other day. Good to hear her opening up about her experience in Anglesey after George was born & how isolating motherhood can be. I remember seeing her on those first few engagements after George's birth & thinking, "something doesn't seem quite right". Not being critical of Kate at the time, just that I noticed she might have been struggling adjusting to motherhood & being in Wales while William was doing his search & rescue job. That time spent in Bucklebury straight after the birth would've helped, but as she said, nothing prepares you for being a first-time parent. I'm really proud of Kate for coming up with the idea for the HT initiative & how it encompasses a lot of their charities (homelessness, veterans, early intervention for children) under the one umbrella. That umbrella (HT) being a platform for starting these conversations & to say it's OK to tell someone that you're struggling. It's really awesome that they're drawing attention to this & it's getting a lot of coverage in the media due to their high profile. It's also heartening to see that the royals are 'human' & are breaking the barriers of the 'stiff upper lip' mentality.

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  9. Wiping away a lot of tears right now. :)  Not so much because of their personal stories, although I recognize the strength it must be requiring for these incredibly private people to open themselves up in front of millions of strangers.  But I am incredibly moved by the power of this whole cause.  I feel I am witnessing the beginning of a huge positive change in mental health thanks to these three.   

    I grew up with an alcoholic father who was physically and emotionally abusive to my mother and siblings.  The toll his behavior has taken on all our lives is indescribable despite the fact he has not been a part of our lives for 30 years now.  As an adult, I often am in the role of being the "counselor" and sounding board and I also have always had a knack for seeing the mental component behind a person's behavior and I now recognize that my father likely suffered from severe anxiety from his childhood until now at 73 years old.  If the environment at the time he was growing up was one in which mental struggles were identified early or even if my dad had been able to talk about his feelings then maybe we all could have had much better lives.  So much of our adulthood, our energy,  has been spent recovering from and dealing with what happened to us and I just can't imagine if my dad had been able to get real help for his underlying mental health issues.

     Also, at that time in the USA there was almost no support for abused spouses.  In fact, my mother was encouraged by the authorities to just be quite and try to be a better wife.  She worked hard to keep his abuse secret, in fact, our family was well-regarded in our small town.  That made it hard, if not impossible, for her and us children to feel like we could talk about what was going on in our house, let alone discuss our feelings.  If I had been able, encouraged, to talk about my feelings, if my feelings had ever been validated even if no real help followed, that would have made a huge, positive, difference in my life! 

    In fact, when my mama finally began to leave him was the moment one friend of hers had the courage to say something (and whose ex-husband had been similar to my dad).  She took my mother aside, held her hand and simply said, "You may think you're the only person in the world that has gone through this but you are not.  You are not alone." That short, simple conversation gave mama the validation and courage she needed to leave and it changed our lives for the better forever. Talking IS very powerful when it comes to mental health! 

    In the early 1980's I was a young Princess Diana fan and I feel strongly that if I had heard her say "Talk about your feelings because mental health is as important as physical health and talking can be like medicine," I would've talked about my feelings. :) 

    Not everyone is a royal family fan, not everyone follows them the way we do, but millions DO listen to them and they are very powerful people who, like Harry mentioned on the podcast, are in the position to remove the stigma from almost any topic. I am so thankful they are choosing mental health.  When mental health is equalled to physical health the world will change for the positive in leaps and bounds! :)

    Good luck to the marathoners! If they do this every year maybe one year I'll do it too. :)


    Oh, and, on a different note, Harry's side of the table must've had a vastly different climate than Kate and William's judging by his parka..... ;)

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    1. Florida girl, Hugs to you and all your family. We are all the walking wounded, but some, like you, have suffered more. Your mother was a brave woman to leave, at a time when there was little support for abused wives. Use your strength to help others. You have a wisdom from your experiences, that most will never have. I wish you peace.

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    2. Thank you for your wise and kind words, Bonnie. ❤ :)

      I wish my mom (and dad and all of us) had been encouraged to be more comfortable with their own feelings at that time but that's not really how the world was back then. Thankfully maybe things are changing!

      Hugs and peace to you too! ❤ ❤

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    3. Yes. Thank you for sharing florida girl. So sorry you and your family had to go through all that.

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    4. I was a huge Princess Diana fan in the 80's and 90's. I remember the wedding. I wonder if the mental health initiative that the Cambridges and Harry are doing also has something to do with Diana. It is well documented that she had some mental health problems. I am not saying that to bash her, because I loved Diana. I am just stating a fact and having those problems is nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately, she did not really have an outlet to express her emotions because at that time, it was just not something you did and there was a huge stigma attached to it. It is something that I am sure William & Harry realize today. I imagine they do not want anyone to feel the pressure that their mother felt and that is one of the reasons they are trying to remove the stigma associated with talking about one's mental health.

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  10. They are so sincere in their efforts and I admire them for opening up the dialogue about mental health.

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  11. Thank you for sharing hmm. I love the video every young family struggle in early days time i admire them for talking about they have really imspire. People

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  12. Well done! Personally I feel proud of Kate, William, and Harry for using their position to help normalize what is still considered a taboo subject. Can't wait to see where they take it from here :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 20:14

      I so agree. And as they say, by tackling this issue, alot of other issues in society get's tackled as well!

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  13. Wow. I found that watching them just converse with each other gave me a much better understanding of how they all work together. With no interviewer to interrupt them with prepared questions (not saying interviews don't have their place) they were so relaxed. It was lovely, they included us in their ordinary conversation this way.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 20:14

      I agree. I think this was a great format for them to be able to relax!

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    2. Jo, I think you made a good point about interviewers sometimes shaping the message to fit their own objectives. Not to mention editing and summarizing that follows in news interpretations. I don't think it is just a matter of them relaxing, although it must be frustrating to have their ideas mis-interpreted at times.This was pure, undiluted WCH.

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  14. Cara, Australia21 April 2017 at 14:08

    Wow! What a watershed moment. Looking back, I think we'll see this week as the catalyst to 'before' and 'after' all three Royals spoke openly and honestly about their feelings.

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    1. I agree Cara. The Royal family has changed forever, starting today,

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  15. Rhonda - Wisconsin21 April 2017 at 14:18

    What an amazing video!!!! I really liked how Kate was talking about going to Anglesey with George and giggled about how it was. I really think that they had a time of it with him - not really knowing what to expect and then with babies having their sleep schedules all messed up - being up in the middle of the night when you want them to sleep, then sleeping all day when you want them to be awake. I LOVED how they talked about Diana and how Kate empathized with them both. William still seems a little stiff at times, but I think that comes from how he was raised not to show emotion. Harry is just amazing to throw all of this out there on the table to show that everyone is the same deep down - whether you are royal or not, we all have our difficulties to work through with everyday life. Good for all three of them!!!!

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  16. Pam from Boston21 April 2017 at 14:34

    I really enjoyed watching the three young royals talking together so casually together. It gives us a chance to see Kate's personality more. I love the part where she talks about bringing baby George to Anglesey.

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  17. Loved it. Watched it before work and now I'm late !! But great great stuff and so happy they did this.

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  18. Wow, what an amazing force for good this whole campaign is turning into! Well done Kate for coming up with the initial idea. Fresh from watching the first episode of Mind Over Marathon last night I am still affected by the stories this morning. What an incredibly brave and strong woman Rhian (apologies if I've spelled that wrong) is. To lose your young son and your husband in such quick succession and still be functioning at all is mind-boggling really. It really puts my minor niggles into perspective. I so hope that they can all complete the marathon - can't wait for next week to see how they all get on.

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  19. Theresa - Austin, Texas21 April 2017 at 15:30

    This is really amazing. To hear them talk opening and honestly about something that they are so clearly passionate about was so inspiring. Plus, it gave us a bit of insight into how they interact with each other in a more casual setting. Mental health is such a huge cause to champion and I really believe they are already making a difference. Way to go Wills, Catherine and Harry!

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  20. Wow what a powerful video. Love the fact that they are very open with their feelings. And we find out that this Heads Together campaigned was Kate's idea. Well done Duchess. I wonder how open William is with Kate regarding his work with the air amblance. And if he ever talks to here regarding his mom.
    I just hope they continue this work after Sunday.

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  21. Orange County Grandma21 April 2017 at 15:40

    Thank you Charlotte for bring us this great video. Kate talks about being feeling lonely after her babies were born. We all know they spent time with her parents but wonder where William was and why he did not help Kate dealing with her feeling of loneliness. They seem like a very close couple and in love.
    But again some men don't know how to handle things like this. And it seems like William was in a hurry to get back to work. His way of dealing with things I guess. He had a support group on base where Kate did not. I am glad they brought Williams nanny on board for a while to help Kate.

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    1. William worked shift work as an air ambulance pilot with long nontraditional hours (not like a 9-5 office job) and did not take much paternity leave. That would leave any wife and mother feeling a bit alone. I'm sure William was very devoted and helpful when he was at home.

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    2. There was a period of time after arriving in Wales where Kate had no help with George and William was at work. From photos of the farmhouse they rented it seemed a little out in the country. (Part of a family friend's estate). I think that that is the time Kate made reference to.

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    3. Orange County Grandma22 April 2017 at 01:18

      Penny William was in RAF at the time George was born. Yes he was on like 24 hr off 24. But it was still hard on Kate. He took his 2.weeks leave like any other husband/father would get. And some husbands it is hard for them to deal with a woman who just had a baby. Because they themselves are dealing with their feeling too.

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  23. Wow - a very different approach. I hope others will find this video to be a very effective way to describe their strategy behind this work. I know that many of us have wanted these three to use video to communicate in an intimate way like this and I'm very glad that they did. Kate did well to lead the discussion (as apparently HT was her idea). I can't really remember another time when she has spoken with confidence and credibility like this. I wonder if this video will go down as the moment that she "took the lead" in her charitable work.

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    1. I do think it might mark the moment she first put herself forward publically as being the moving force-she admittedly is shy and has kept a low profile behind the scenes.

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  24. I am completely blown away by that conversation between TRHs. It was an amazingly personal conversation that they shared with the world today and I feel a bit speechless. Knowing the motives behind the campaign and how it has grown from the initial idea is amazing.

    I appreciate them sharing a bit of themselves with the world through this 6 min conversation. It was brilliant.

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    1. Julie, I agree. It was brilliant and authentic and evocative and just amazing. I am so happy to hear that they are the people I thought they were. (If that makes sense.) I was so thankful that William brought up Verbier because quite honestly I was still angry with him about that, rightly so or not. But to hear him reference it the way he did and to see Kate's ease with it helped me a lot. Such an all around amazing effort put forth by those three very influential people today. Are there even enough words of gratitude available? It was indeed a benchmark day in the Royal family.

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  25. Lovely video. Lovely to hear their hearts. I wish they would mention dealing with bullying, aggressive behavior, abusive behavior. Maybe that's not a problem across the pond? It sure is here in the colonies! ;-)DWLee333

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  26. I'm so proud of our girl! She is so clever and modest. Hermione with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley: I can't hep but thinking of the magic trio!

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    1. Zora from Prague21 April 2017 at 21:56

      Paola :) Harry isn't Harry but Ron, right? :)
      I love how you called Kate "our girl" ! I'm proud of all 3 of them too.

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    2. Yes Zora, Harry is Ron! :)

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  27. This video the trio made is everything any of us could hope for. It answers so many questions and offers a template for the kinds of conversations they are talking about. Simple statements, safe and uninterrupted environment, affirmations. Fantastic job.

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  28. WOW, what a great, great idea. I think it is so great to hear them talking like this. I can't imagine how hard it must be to make yourself vulnerable like that, talking abut your emotional struggles, not just to your friends and family but to the entire world. Good for them.

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    1. I think so too. They are doing some great things together now.

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  29. Cristin from Germany21 April 2017 at 16:54

    There's so much to love about this video, but what I like the most is the fact that the whole thing was Kate's idea. Like, it's such a big campaign now and she's really having her "own thing" now and makes an impact. So nice to see how she has grown into her role :)
    But I'm grateful for the subtitles, I struggled a bit to understand their accent.

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    1. Me, too, Cristin. Even after all these years. I thought I had the British accent down, but I had to read the subtitles also. :)

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  30. Thank you so much for this lightning-fast post, Charlotte! I think this is a truly wonderful video--seeing the three of them talking together, they are genuine, relaxed, open. Their commitment to mental health is very inspiring. I especially liked Harry's comment about how with social media (eg people posting happy family vacation pictures) it can seem like everyone else's life is "perfect" and there's something wrong with you. I think that is a main theme of struggling with mental health generally--feeling isolated, alone, like there is something "defective" about you--and Harry's comment about that was very genuine and evocative. And it was also wonderful how William and Harry were able to bring up their mum and how they didn't talk enough about her, and memories of her. What an excellent video, a job very well done.

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    1. I have often thought that, if I were William and Harry, I would hire someone to find every photo of their mom to be found online, download them and the print them out to be put in albums. Quite a task, granted, but one that I think I would pursue nonetheless, if I were them. That way their future generations would have them at the ready.

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  31. Adore the HT headbands on the banner, Charlotte, very cute :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 20:19

      It's absolutley perfect and so clever!

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  32. Julia from Leominster21 April 2017 at 17:16

    So glad to see them making Head's Together meaningful by example - no time to listen yet but hope to soon.

    I commend Sarah's blog for excellent help on what to say in conversations like this - something all of us will face sooner or later, even if it's comforting someone in illness or grief.

    The new logo is wonderful Charlotte - you and Mr Charlotte have done brilliantly as always. And the conversations on the blog of late have been so well thought out and respectful - whether we agree or not - it's become a much more important place than just for fashion - although that is always a pleasure too.

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    1. I love the new logo too - Charlotte ! Well done Mr. Charlotte.

      Julia, I just saw your comment on the last thread about how Harry's silence spoke volumes on Charles' role. I think that the conversation between the three of them also highlights that silence. They openly said that they were not supported during those times and did not think or speak about her enough.

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    2. Julia, I'm working on a new blog post, with a focus on professional resources. I hope to have it on the blog this weekend (perhaps even by tonight or tomorrow).

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    3. A big thank you from Mr. Charlotte for the kind words on the banner :)

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    4. Oh and Julia - Kate directly says that the way William and Harry turned out was a result of the "early childhood years" meaning when Diana was alive. That to me is even more telling.

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    5. I find it hilarious that you call your husband Mr. Charlotte. So so cute! :)

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    6. Tammy from California22 April 2017 at 07:24

      He really did do such a nice job!

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  33. OMG Charlotte, THAT BANNER ! Absolutely, positively adorable ~ Thank you so much! Now on to watching the video ... :)

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    1. I agree! Clever banner, Charlotte.

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    2. Zora from Prague21 April 2017 at 21:58

      Very clever, I noticed it at once! And I agree with your description of the top as "romantic bohemian", Erika.

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    3. Zora, I liked Anon in Co.'s description of the top as an "eccentric blouse", Anthropologie meets Miss Havisham. I thought that was pretty good:)

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    4. I like the banner too! I still haven't seen the videos since I'm at work, but I did manage to see the Youtube video and it looked like they were rather pleased with the surprise :) To me, it always looked like the boys had only each other to figure out life after their mom's passing away. It's about time.

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    5. Zora from Prague22 April 2017 at 07:07

      Erika, I confess I didn't know Anthropologie but after I've googled them it makes perfect sense! :) a very fitting description indeed! :)

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  34. That video was AMAZING!!!! It was so great to see them interact with each other. It makes you feel like you know them better. And this is such a great cause.

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  35. Both the video and the radio interview are impressively open and relaxed...this campaign means so much to me, and I am far away in South Africa, so it clearly does have the potential to reach people all over the world and help them to deal with feelings of shame and silence around our mental health.

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      They really have been able to get some reach with this cause. It's amazing!

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  36. What a wonderful day for their campaign but YIKES! That top! She looks like she's straight from Little House on the Prairie.

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    2. Lol!! I really LOVE the Temperley top. Of course I would look ridiculous in it but Kate can get away with it. I don't see a nightgown or the prairie. Strikes me as a romantic bohemian top if that's a thing.

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    3. Anonymous in Colorado21 April 2017 at 19:18

      I do love these "eccentric" blouses so I'm a fan of her look today! It's got an Anthropologie meets Miss Havisham vibe to it which I'm on board with ;-)

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    4. Yes, the top is a little 1980s Jessica McClintock. But forget about that, it looks like she may actually be wearing trousers! Whoo hoo!

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    5. LOL Penny! We were actually wearing tops and dresses like that in the 1970s when the Little House tv series was first being shown. Even the fashions some of us cringe about come back in cycles, and we either cringe or smile at them . . . I think the Duchess can get away with this one. She makes it look as good as it can get!

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    6. Sadly agree also, it is not a top I would have worn after the age of about 15, maybe early 20's if I was going for a hippie look with a long full skirt for an outdoor musical festival. It is a lot of ruffles. But she often seems to be drawn to ruffles and flower prints and dainty jewelry, she loves it but that side of her choices is not for me:) In this case it is also a style that I do not think is working on her with this top.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 21:05

      I actually love this look! And people, looks like she's wearing trousers. Or at least flared jeans!

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    8. I'm not a fan of the top either. It's very nice but to me it's too 'fussy.'

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2017 at 22:41

      It IS very fussy, and a clear piece that will not speak to everyone. To me, it's the right kind of pretty fussy, but I can absolutley see why it doesn't read that way for others :)

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    10. USA reader, deja vu with Jessica McClintock, lol.
      Now that's a name I haven't heard in awhile.

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    11. Anon in Co. I like your interpretation of the Temperley top. Great description.

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    12. I love this top and the whole look on her. I would not have worn it myself but I think she looks great.

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    13. Let's not make this amazing day about Kates clothes. Let's be happy for what they are doing for mental health. Just a thought

      Julie

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    14. I am so glad someone commented on her top! When I first saw it, I was a bit, horrified to be honest. I think it was really the angle and lighting but it looked huge and very ruffled and heavy and bulky. Once other pics appeared I was relieved. It's still ruffled but nowhere near as dreadful as I initially thought. But I agree with Rebecca and USA reader, I think those are truly skinny trousers. Not cropped, not skinny jeans but real professional trousers. And paired with a heel. Just subtracts a row or two of ruffles, and I would love the look!

      And yay, I think they are doing a great job this week with really getting people talking and owning the Heads Together campaign. I would guess this has taken up a significant portion of Kate's time in the last year and it's fun to see it start to come to fruition.

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    15. Sadly, I really don't like this top either. Those layers of ruffles remind me of the old tea cosies and loo roll covers that people used to crochet [shudders!]

      That said, it's great to see the mental health cause really gathering some momentum, and I love the updates to the blog banner Charlotte - just fabulous! I really hope that this issue is one they continue to push going forward and that it doesn't fade after this year.

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    16. Why can't we do both Julie. One doesn't negate the other. Everyone who commented on her clothes also commented on their initiative.

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    17. I second that Erika.
      How fortunate she went there in a top and trousers, not naked, otherwise we would have even more too talk about!:) Only joking ofc.

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  37. Kate will be, from now on, not only the Princess of Children but also the Princess of Brains!

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    1. She is one sharp cookie. No wonder the Queen likes her so much. She knows how to be creative and strong without stepping on sensitive male egos. Brilliant. :)

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    2. Yes Surfer Girl, it's a very sensitive point, the male ego! Well said.

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  38. Happy 91st Birthday Majesty!!!!

    Incredible day for the young royals too!

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    1. Indeed. 91 years old and going strong. We should all be so spry at that age!!

      And a very good day for them. I hope they are able to keep the momentum going.

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  39. OH CHARLOTTE, The head band on the Lion and Unicorn on the DKB Banner are so very very thoughtful and uber cute. Oh that Kate's team could see that (and this blog daily) and relay that thoughtfulness to Kate. I hope they do. She would love it. Hugs. 🌷

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  40. πŸŽ‚Happy Birthday to Her MajestyπŸŽ‚

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  41. and the "Heads Together" logo. So thoughtful and creative. :)

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  42. I'm at work so I'm unable to view the videos, so I'll have to watch them at home. But I did want to comment on her outfit, hope that's okay ; )

    I personally love the blouse with the jeans (boot cut perhaps?). I think it's a slight departure from the normal skinny jean she wears. I think she looks great!

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  43. Anonymous in Colorado21 April 2017 at 19:16

    I LOVE this royal trio!! I want to hug all of them, but especially Kate, with her opening up of those early days with George. I've often wondered if she experienced post partum anxiety or depression to a certain degree.

    They are all so open & resonating in this video. I hope this puts to rest some of those criticisms out there about this movement. Especially those towards Kate...I feel that she may seem timid but she is mighty.

    Is she wearing slightly flared slacks in those radio videos?! Yassss!!

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  44. Though it seem impossible it would be so great to if these pants. They are not the regular skinniest. And I love the lower pointed shoes too.

    Video, visit and campaign - fantastic! Starchild

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  45. That radio interview is priceless! I laughed out loud when Prince William said he'd got into enough trouble with his dancing so he'd be foregoing any gigs for the moment. They were so happy and you could see the Radio One crew was having a blast too.

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      I know right! It was so amazing that he can joke about stuff like that. And their absolutley overly diplomatic answer on the gifts. And how they order takeout (via staff ofc, security). So many great tidbits in the interview and it was really fun while also bringing even more focus on mental health!

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    2. And Rebecca I snorted when Kate said "you text while you're driving?" to him and he caught himself almost immediately. I had this image of William pulling into a lay by on his motorbike (I wonder if he still rides it) to text into Radio One. Wonder what his moniker really is? And when they asked if his grandmother listens to Radio One and he said "No, not Radio One." And another image of William sitting with George watching cartoons and being told by George "Dad, pay attention" What parent hasn't had that happen? Then William says to Kate--it's your turn with Peppa Pig next time (meaning with Charlotte.) So, so natural.

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  46. Thanks for the posts. This is indeed a precious look for Kate. This shows off her curves that do exist, regardless of what the haters say. Like you say Charlotte, a long awaited look. Happy birthday to the Queen, and good job to the young royals.

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  47. Zora from Prague21 April 2017 at 20:29

    A-ma-zing! I can't express how surprised and moved I was when I watched the video - and then the whole post about the unexpected BBC visit! Thank you so much, Charlotte! Just wonderful - and such fun - well done!!! And on HM's birthday, too❣️

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  48. Sarah Maryland USA21 April 2017 at 21:02

    This is the kind of stuff I love! I love hearing kate open up because for the past six years I think I have barely learned anything about her and it was nice to see her so open and having fun on the radio!
    The top is a little to ruffly for me but I am just so happy with them stepping up this week! They are proving my point about how they can use their fame to promote good causes and should def. keep doing stuff like this and don't stop once the marathon is over!

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  49. After today, I am utterly convinced that KP reads this blog! :)

    So many of "our ideas" and conversations showed up in today's topics both at BBC and in the KP video.

    Everyone, give yourself a pat on the back! And KP, if you're listening, we love you!

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      Nina, sadly, I miss the comments often. Throw some examples out- I am interested to hear!

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    2. It would be rather unlikely that someone in the staff doesn't read news and opinions about TRHs, because social media are so important. If they miss this blog they are quite inattentive!

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    3. Many have commented that Kate should speak up about her own personal experience as a mum - and she did. Commenters have been yearning for her to talk a little more informally, for W&H to open up about their mom's death, for this campaign to take on a more personal tone, and sadly I must admit the superficial: people have been yearning for her to wear slacks. Just after this week, I feel like they gave us that peek into their lives that we were looking for. Someone a while back - maybe it was Bluhare or Julia? (sorry if it wasn't - I can't remember exactly) wrote out a sample speech of what Kate could say instead of her usual stock lines. And it was more personal and mentioned her shyness, etc. And I feel like this week we got that speech!

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  50. Ha sorry anyone else noticed how Kate seems to take the lead? In the video it felt like she was interviewing them and directing the conversation. And as they arrive at radio 1 she's the one who steps forward to shake adele's hand very proactively. I think this really is her campaign. Perhaps because she sees the value from watching her husband and brother in law struggle.

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    1. As they said while around the picnic table, the concept for the initiative was Kate's so it is only normal for her the politely take the lead, in my opinion. She's a strong lady.

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  51. I commented directly after the pod cast and then was treated to the surprise engagement at the radio. What a fun and relaxed engagement for them. In that interview we learned a lot about them as well and I'm glad they were good natured about answering the personal questions. Very down to earth, real, and related. There are some fantastic quotes during that interview.

    This whole week has been great and exciting. I'm going to miss it when it's over.

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  52. What a brilliant week this has been. These videos are amazing, I can't say enough about how wonderful this all is for their Mental Health Campaign. The video of the 3 discussing their personal issues, is terrific. And, William and Kate's visit to Radio 1 was just fantastic. They were so natural, and both are so charming. William even made fun of his dancing turn in Verbier! With Kate laughing uproariously, I might add.
    But, the point is, they have really stepped up to the plate in a strong, intelligent and engaging way. William's analogy of a pot of boiling water that they took the lid off, was terrific. Just all around kudos to the trio.
    Although the point of all this is not her clothes, Kate has looked beautiful all week long. Her picks were perfect for each event.
    This has all been so exciting and insightful. Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful posts.

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  53. It is quite amazing to see these boys discuss the effect of their mother's death on them. Somehow it validates my own feelings of grief and loss at the death of my father when I was 6 years old. After his 40th anniversary, I just 'lost the plot' and sought Counselling which went a long way to reconcile my feelings of sadness. As a young child I saw myself as chief protector of my mother who, with 4 young children -one who was born 3 months after my Dad's death - was struggling with grief and anger and then the normal frustrations of bringing up small children.
    When I heard Harry open up about his grief, it really resonated with me and It makes you very empowered to understand that such feelings are normal. It is so important to talk about grief. Putting a lid on it creates a vacuum which will cause an explosion of feelings down the road.
    Well done TRH.

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  54. Wow, wow, wow!!! It just keeps getting better. What an amazing initiative Heads Together has turned out to be. And kudos to Kate for spearheading the idea of a mental health banner to encompass all their charities. I know she's shy, but you can see how educated she is in the matter, and motherhood and child psychology in general. George and Charlotte are so lucky to have such a mum!

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  55. I fear this is pulling back the curtain too much.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2017 at 11:37

      Nah, doing it once in a while just makes them seem relatable. If they did these kind of interviews too often, sure. But once every few years or so do a more relaxed "we eat curry" thing won't harm anything. In my opinion, of course.

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  56. Cara, Australia21 April 2017 at 23:32

    Oh my goodness - the Radio 1 youtube video was priceless!

    The highlight for me was William saying he had already got into enough trouble with his dancing. Said with a big grin on his face. Awesome!

    It is obvious they are taking great pride in their work with Heads Together. It must be such an exciting time in their household at the moment.

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  57. 'Emotions' and 'mental health issues' are not necessarily the same thing. 'Untrained' people can't necessarily help others with mental health issues, unfortunately.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2017 at 11:40

      They are not saying that. They are saying that opening up and talking about emotions can help mental health (which it can), opening up to others while already suffering mental health issues can help both as a person to listen but also to help sort out where to get more help.

      Mental health is not the same as mental illness. They are talking about mental health, which while that contains mental illnessess it also is more about general mental health. Like they have said many times, we all have mental health, just like physical. Sometimes it's totally fine, sometimes a bit wobby and an illness maybe incoming and sometimes it can be very ill. But in all those cases, starting to talk with someone CAN help. Not cure, --help--.

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  58. This was Amazing listening & watching the 3 of them talk together! It's like Diana's Sons & Kate have brought the best & most painful bits of her life Full Circle! Just imagine the quality of life Diana could have had, had she been accepted as having the emotions she did & could speak about it more openly? I remember in one of her interviews, that she spoke of coming home from events so emotionally exhausted, after taking on all the stress from caring so much about all who she met & listened to! She Shook UP the BRF & The World & many didn't know what to make of her. However, I think the reason so many of us Loved Her, was because She didn't have a false face. She did act like She had feelings, just like us & that She struggled because She had No One in the BRF, at that time, To Talk To in a helpful way. Her feelings & issues were just not tolerated! :( Now her Sons, along with Kate & The Grandchildren, will be changing the Conversation & Society for years to come! There's something quite Peaceful to me in knowing & feeling that! Thanks for the Great Coverage Charlotte! xo

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  59. Charlotte,

    It's 4:07pm Pacific Standard time here in the U.S.
    I just tried to re-watch the video of them sitting and talking around the picnic table and a screen came on saying the video has been blocked by Time, Inc.
    (Didn't know if you were aware of that.)

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    1. I noticed that yesterday too. Try this link instead: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLxRkJ0HO5SIfZ1ag-_g8t4AdTfjCQBjf-&v=45RqUmxDXiY

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  60. Both the radio interview and the video were brilliant, but Harry brought me to tears speaking about his inability to deal with the death of his mother until recently. You can see it is still very painful for him - I'm sure it is for both him and William. I think we sometimes forget really what they went through, or we assume they have "moved on,"...and really, how can you. This has been a really special week for the three of them, and I'm so glad they found it in themselves to contribute to the conversations they are encouraging in a profound, meaningful way.

    As one last thing...William humorously making reference to his weekend away and "getting in trouble" for his dancing - LOVED. IT.

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  61. Charlotte you are brilliant. The headbands on this blog is priceless, a big thank you to Mr. Charlotte. I am so overwhelmed with the impact this Heads Together campaign is having whole wide. Our little community here is so so very special. The comments are insightful and respectful. Kudos to you Charlotte.

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    1. Rose, It is very special. Quite unique and a labor of love from all of us. We've worked hard to get to this point. Ms. Charlotte first and foremost. And I also thank you Charlotte. This blog is an immense blessing in many ways, in my opinion. 🌷

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  62. Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth. May she be blessed with many more.

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  63. Has anyone noticed that people are not curtsying and bowing to William, Kate and Harry very much, if at all?

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    1. Orange County Grandmav22 April 2017 at 15:37

      Yes. But I have read that they do not want people curtsying to them. More to love about them.

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    2. Queen of the South22 April 2017 at 20:38

      I am a huge fan of curtseys, so it saddens me that it seem to happen less and less. I think it is only the queen that get curtseyed on a regular basis. Even Charles and Camilla don't get curtseyed.

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    3. Did not notice at all! Thanks for pointing it out. And I think that's something that should just be GONE, as a dual Irish-American citizen it's those touches that are just so, so cringe-y for me.

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    4. You know people stand up when a judge enters the courtroom. Soldiers recognize rank and they have that hierarchy and the mandatory salutes, people even stand up when the bride enters. So, I think that the curtsies, bows, are essential for keeping the Royal family distinguished in that way. William may want to be one of us but he most certainly is not. I think the letting go of that protocol will actually come around to bite them on the bum if they don't reverse that anytime soon.
      He has rank, high rank, and he shouldn't downplay his heritage or disparage it in that way.
      I think the Queen should be curtsied/bowed to.
      William apparently thinks that way also. He certainly acknowledges the Queen's status quite distinctly with a deep bow of his head. He is a military man and surely knows the importance of acknowledging rank. Regardless of what people may say, I truly think they want a king/royalty. That is my guess. I think he should not be lax in that honorable protocol. Just my opinion.

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  64. So happy right now. They have truly stepped up to the plate and I think they will be able to see now, they should do this a whole lot more. Love the outfit! She looks so happy too :)

    Also, what about the Coldplay concert? Kate said something that was there last concert they went to...? I couldn't understand where they saw them though... just wondering because it makes them feel a bit more personable.

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    1. Coldplay had a concert in Kensington Palace 28th of June, 2016.https://youtu.be/LoI_iTVuDYs

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    2. Thanks, 11:47. I had wanted to know that also.

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  65. I share a birthday with the queen and so it was fun to see your birthday wish at the end, Charlotte!:)

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      Happy Belated Birthday, Anon 2:50! What a treat, to share it with HM! You can always say, "the Queen and me celebrated our birthday..." :)

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  66. What the brilliant and loveable. Post its see that the using their postion to educate to these campaign. Heads together Proud of them three they're not royalty but like a normal people being they make mistakes and i salute them for sharing their voices and stepping down to these campaign Hmm a very special to the queen is 91 years old she so strong Love the new logo Charlotte Thank you mr. Charlotte Gotta share my. View and experience When i was junior high till senior college i feel so alone. By schoolmate hides my books. And bags can't focus on my school my. Parents every year transfer me. To schoo l to another school so i was sad about it then the last school i meet my friends for eight years now She help me cope sadness and alone and i feel comfortable with it and now i work as marketing director a company sea biscuit production in manila Thanks to my friend

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      Bluefire, I'm so glad you eventually found a friend after having so unpleasant years at school. Wow, being a marketing director, you must be very smart and independent! Congratulations!

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  67. This chat at the radio station seems to meet their craving for “to be normal”, in the words of Prince Harry (his comment was some years ago in an interview to NBC /not necessarily to mean sane, just not to be pompous?) From the trio’s outdoor discussion, the chat at the station to their public interaction on the subject, their passion on the cause is presenting them closer familiarity as to what they are like beyond their formal lives. Their spontaneity and what they are like is coming to the forefront. The brothers are different and equally interesting. Kate’s in put at the outdoor discussion among the three was sharply thoughtful.

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  68. Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II.

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  69. Wow. Awesome video as Princes William and Harry and Duchess Kate share their own struggles and difficulties. I know they are wealthy but even the wealthy have problems. When you consider all the wealthy celebrities who have died due to substance abuse issues, HEADS TOGETHER CAMPAIGN is a welcomed change to the "stiff upper lip". Again, great job Royals.

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  70. It is quite an amazing interview, or rather conversation. I have a feeling we will hear about mental health when the Queen makes her Christmas address, just as she included sports a few years ago. That would validate the openness and interests of the younger generation of her family. I loved the credit Kate was given for instigating Heads Together.

    On Easter, I thought Princess Beatrice looked like a child next to Kate's very grown up coat and hat. Now I think Kate has taken on the childish look with this ruffled top and her hair style. But I rather like it for this surprise radio appearance. It emphasizes the drop in. I do wonder why Harry was in a parka in the outdoor video - and William has had quite a close haircut, perhaps his summer style.

    Most of all, I enjoyed the real sincerity, especially the story about taking infant George to Anglesey. And I think Prince Charles might be given some credit for probably assisting with getting William's nanny to Kate when she needed help. Perhaps William could have done that on his own, but I wonder whether he needed some assistance.

    I expect there will be a lull after the marathon, with Pippa's wedding coming up, but perhaps a return to emphasis on mental health during early summer.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2017 at 11:43

      I also think it might be a lull afterwards. Especially now where there will be an election. Royals usually tend to not actively promote stuff like this (that sadly, some can percive as political). But what do I know? :P

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  71. Thank you Charlotte for the post professional as ever and to Mr Charlotte for the banner. It is a watershed moment for mental health just as when Diana stripped of her white gloves and touched Aids patients. Things changed for Aids patients after that. They were no longer the unmentionable. Perhaps now serotonin will be allowed at the dinner table. I am also pleased they decided to use the more modern communications - video utube tweets snapchat etc. It just makes the message accessible all over the world in the original format. Print/online media is fine though their reach is to some extent limited and very much presented as the opinion of the journalist or the media organisation owning the reporter - the Kate Hopkinses of the world.

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  72. My word, Shining. What a story you've told. Many blessings and warm thoughts to you and also to your dear mother.

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  73. This Heads Together thing has been fantastic and I really, really enjoyed the interviews.

    Thank you Charlotte & happy birthday to my favorite Queen.

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  74. Going back to her citrine earrings, that's what I found in the internet about the meaning and powers of this gemstone: "Citrine is a happy stone. It can bring happiness to the person who carries or wears it. Because of its removal of negative energy and its own bring positivity, it can relieve depression, self-doubt, anger, and irrational mood swings. Citrine is used to reduce self-destructive tendencies. Citrine can help overcome emotional traumas and grief that may lead to these emotionally self-destructive issues". "Citrine is a solar plexus chakra stone used metaphysically to increase, magnify and clarify personal power and energy. This increased personal power can be used for the focused intent of the individual, as it brings will power as well."
    " It is a fortifying crystal for medical personnel and healers, and increases productivity in governmental work."

    There once was a belief about monarchs, the "king touch" that gave to the monarch a healing power. In a totally symbolic way, Kate was donning this stone remembering us that monarchy has also this tradition, which is no more a miraculous power but instead a specific choice and will. So, maybe, my first idea that the citrine earrings were a nod to the monarchy was not totally wrong. :)

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    1. THANK YOU PAOLA!! I love this information...it really explains so much. I knew there was a reason she chose them but hadn't even thought about the energy of the stone...and how fitting even for the occasion as well. We all can use whatever positive energy we can receive from whatever source. (I carry a crystal in my purse that was given to me by a very good friend everywhere I go for its healing energy and to keep them close). It would be like Kate to wear something that has this type of meaning. I need to rethink citrine!!

      I think you were right about the nod to the monarchy. It was a lovely thought when you first suggested it and now it makes it even more meaningful! :) cc

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    2. Thanks for explaining this. It is one of my least favorite stones and I wondered why she wore them when they matched nothing she had on.

      I never thought further than that! I learned something new today.

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    3. Of course, this type of information makes me want to know more....and found this statement: "Citrines have long been associated with mental clarity." Very fitting! cc

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  75. Tammy from California22 April 2017 at 07:29

    LOVED all of this! You can tell she is very shy (my favorite kind of people!) and reserved. A lady...
    I absolutely loved her top! Super cute and darling on her. I have always thought she has beautiful eyes, and in the video, her eyes were even prettier! Light blue with all the little flecks of auburn color.

    The one thing I didn't realize was she said her mental "issue" (for lack of a better term) was addiction. I just have no idea what that means. I can't imagine drugs or alcohol and I guess I can't think of what other things there could be...

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    1. She was talking about her charities.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2017 at 11:44

      I think she was talking about "her issue" as in "her causes". Through her work with Action on Addiction and such.

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    3. Her eyes are clearly green and not blue or auburn.

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    4. Kate is patron for Action on Addiction and has done a variety of engagements pertaining addiction and those living with substance use disorders.
      Check out their website: http://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/home.aspx

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    5. Tammy, I believe she means the cause she supports for those who have addiction and their families, not that she herself fought an addiction. Easy to misunderstand, because she first referred to Prince Harry's cause of the military, which he was in but also supports as his cause.

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    6. I think she means her charity issue. Harry has veterans PTSD, William has suicide and trauma and Kate has addiction. At least I think that's what she meant.

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    7. Tammy, I had to listen to that part twice to get the correct meaning. Kate didn't mean she had an addiction, but rather than she had worked/visited charities that dealt with people with addictions. Listen to it carefully once again.

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    8. Thank you for clearing this up. I was stunned when I heard her say that and am glad to see I mis-understood.

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    9. Right, Bonnie. I could understand how that could
      be misconstrued but visiting it again will clear that up.

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  76. A further information about citrine: it was loved by Queen Victoria, so as to become largely employed in jewelry, and especially in Scottish jewelry because in Scotland's rocks there is a large amount of citrine (called cairngorm). Therefore we can see those earrings as a nod (another one, do you remember her McQueen gown attending the Bafta's?) to Queen Victoria.

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    1. Interesting Paola! Thank you! :)

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  77. Eve from Germany22 April 2017 at 08:38

    Goodness me, I truly have to pinch myself in the arm all the times these days, just to remind myself that this is all actually HAPPENING in front of my eyes!! As if this whole week hadn´t surprised us all enough, now this video comes up. GREAT work by the three of them, just GREAT. They are doing a BRILLIANT job with their campaign at the moment, that´s for sure. That ball is rolling now, folks, well done!

    On a personal note: I opened up this week about my daughter´s father. It is very important to me to point out and make it very, very clear, that I DO NOT take any BLAME for what happened in our relationship, but that I DO take over MY SHARE of RESPONSIBILITY. We were two consenting adults, and it was a very important part in my healing process to see AND acknowledge that I SAW "the signs" from very early on and my guts WERE telling me "NO, DON´T!!" - yet I chose to go ahead.
    Taking over my part of the responsibility enabled me to work out how MY childhood trauma made me vulnerable to NOT listening to my gut. It enabled me to have a VERY OBJECTIVE look on my relationship patterns that turned out to be very useful in many different ways.
    My daughter´s father puts the BLAME on me and REFUSES to take over ANY responsibility - and guess what? HE´S STUCK - whereas I was able to move on. He cannot see any beauty in life - even if it´s kind of staring him in the face. Whereas our daughter lightens up my every day and gives me the opportunity to experience unconditional love every single day, his BLAMING has made him block this experience out of his life. How very, very sad.....
    As BLAMING yourself and thus feeling guilty is the root to so much suffering - and mental health problems, it was very, very important for me to make it clear how I think about this and share what RESPONSIBILITY enabled me to do.

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    1. Eve, you are a brave and lovely woman! Thanks for sharing!!

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  78. Kate doesn't actually talk about her personal experiences. She uses the 3rd person general "it can be lonely". Her saying to her husband "remember when we brought little George to Wales" doesn't actually say anything other than they took their baby with them to Wales. And she's repeating the same talking point about "talking can be medicine" which is something she was told by someone else. I am not familiar with her work in Addiction -- is she talking about the movies she watched last year? And watching substance abuse counselors get training in Warminster for about an hour in 2015? And attending a Gala party in 2014? Not sure "work" is the right word choice there.

    Don't get me wrong, if Kate being vague helps the campaign achieve it's goals then wonderful. Does the campaign actually have any goals that we know about? Besides the "most headbands worn at an event" that William mentioned in the radio interview.

    Harry talking about his experiences with Byrony Gordon and his openness about needing some help is probably the remarkable takeaway from the campaign. But that's Harry's contribution to society, not Kate's.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2017 at 11:46

      Moxie, honestly. I know you like to stirr the pot but come on now.. It's getting petty.

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    2. She was credited by W and H for having created Heads Together. To create something like this implies a lot of keeping-information-and-thinking. Keeping information and thinking is a work, it is the most important work on earth! And the idea of HT is not a simple one to be realized, because it's aim is to put together different charities towards an unique goal. Do you think that this is a simple job? It is a matter of diplomacy, nobody would be overwhelmed by others so I can only imagine the number of phone calls personally handed by the trio. The staff cannot just have been said: put together those charities. A lot of meetings with staff and with representatives of the charities, a lot of behind-the-scene work was needed. Moxie, sometimes it seems that your imagination is a little bit too lazy!

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    3. Funny how different our perceptions can be. When I saw the video and learned about Catherine's role in creating it and directing the conversation, I had the opposite reaction. My first thought was what a great deal of work had gone into it. Second, even though most of the work is behind the scenes, I thought that should help put an end to the discussion regarding any lack of work and engagement on Catherine's part.

      To be the person who generates an idea and sees it to fruition is often a long, detail-driven exercise that is labor intensive. More so when a layer of possible resistance to moving into new territory as royals, palace protocols and security demands are figured in.

      In addition, Catherine talking about her experience in the third person IS talking about her experience. That's exactly the kind of cue that many people miss when someone begins to open up about their mental health. Someone chosen as a confidant often fails to hear it and ignores it rather than asking: How was it lonely for you? How did you cope?

      Based on research, we now know that emotions like loneliness (among many others) are at the root of mental health. Plus, it's so much less stigmatizing for someone who longs to speak, to initiate a conversation about their feelings rather than speaking of their "mental health" which still means "mental illness." It's very scary to be in a position wondering whether you are losing it and hoping no one else is noticing.

      Also, if Catherine went into greater detail about her postpartum experience and lack of confidence as a young Mother in this context, she would risk criticism for drawing attention to herself. How could she compare her "steep learning curve" as a young mother to William and Harry's loss of their mother?

      I thought she struck just the right balance in acknowledging that she struggled with emotions after George's birth. In fact, I noticed it was the first thing she said when they brought him out to the cameras: It's very emotional. You could immediately sense that she was in new territory and very likely feeling overwhelmed. Any person who has been through it will understand immediately. Any intelligent and compassionate person who has not had the experience will still be able to get it.

      Repeating the "talking can be medicine" point she heard from another mother is brilliant. It's brief, catchy, memorable and helpful. People will equate the idea of speaking about their struggles with the same benefit as faithfully taking a prescription.

      All in all, I thought the campaign and the PR around it wonderful.

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    4. Moxie, you're funny. :) I would miss your unique take on things if you weren't here.

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    5. Well that's quite a judgemental comment. It astounds me that something so positive can be interpreted in such a light. No wonder people don't open up more!

      I thought Kate's input was brilliant. It's not about who revealed their innermost secret. It's about getting experiences and messages out. Echoing other experiences, tying in efforts and empathising are equally important. What the last interviews show was Kate was a strong and silent mover in their campaign. Nothing showy from her, but her input has made much impact.

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    6. Paola, do you honestly think Kate put this all together? Or do you thinks she said to William and Harry - we should put our heads together and work together on a project. Because I really think it was that basic of a contribution and they asked their staff/marketing team to create a campaign around an issue. This campaign is the work of a professional marketing team, most likely affiliated with Richard Branson's Virgin Marathon - who is a family friend. As well as with input from Jason Knaupf their communication director. So do I recognize the work that has gone into it - absolutely - I just don't credit it to Kate.

      Rebecca, it is not petty to acknowledge that Kate is not sharing her own experiences, she is repeating experiences of others. It is not petty to distinguish between an addiction counselor saying "my work in addiction" and Kate saying "my work in addiction". Those are two very different things - using the same exact words.

      Philly, it's a great phrase. It's just not Kate's original contribution. She is careful to make sure that it is attributed to someone else, when William attributed it to her. And every new mother is overwhelmed. It's like saying ice cream is cold! Do I want to hear more new mothers talking about their feelings? Honestly, no. Thank you for offering. But it's great that there are support groups for those that would like to share. You know how many new mothers there are every day? A Lot.

      Harry himself said it is exhausting listening to others and it takes it's toll. It needs to be done in the right place, right time, with the right trained professional for it to have an impact.

      To summarize Kate's involvement this week, she talked in generalities to William and Harry in a scripted video, went to greet 10 folks outside Kensington Palace and put a Headband on a mailbox, and then went with William to a radio station and repeated a phrase she said in the video. It's not nothing.

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    7. Zora from Prague22 April 2017 at 19:29

      Rebecca, I thought just the same. Paola and Philly, thank you for your comments, I couldn't agree more. It's not so hard to realise that most of the work is done behind the scene, in the meantime, between those 1-hour engagements and visits. Work, study, creating the net, talking to so many different people, considering possibilities, getting informed, assessing causes, thinking of strategies, planning, consulting... Well done, K+W+H!

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    8. moxie, moxie, moxie, 🀦‍♀️.

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  79. William tries hard to be friendly, chatty and informal in the radio interview. He carries it; Kate doesn't say a lot at all!

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    1. Maybe it was William's turn to shine. Kate got in a few pithy comments. I think we're just seeing their usual back and forth repartee that they have exhibited at other times. Even their glances and body language, facial expressions carry out what must be part of the glue that holds them together. Remember the food/cooking/weight comments at the "Taste of" of reception/dinner? I think it's kinda sexy at times.

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    2. I don't know about back and forth. I think William carried the conversation because he is used to being the center of attention while Kate is used to being the one in the background. That is their dynamic.

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  80. Good morning. The interview with the three Royals was not perfect but Duchess Kate and Princes William and Harry are not trained interviewers. Of the three, the Princes are more at ease and comfortable with interviews and being in the public eye, talking. They have been in the public eye since birth. Duchess Kate has publicly admitted to being shy. Diana, Princess of Wales was also very initially shy but got better with more exposure in the interview process. I believe the same will be true for Duchess Kate. I think all three have done an admirable job with getting people to "talking about mental health". They are not professional counselors so we aren't expecting them to solve any problems. The interview did reveal that "talking about mental health campaign" was Kate's idea. Certainly, we can give her credit for that. Great job, Royals. Keep caring about true life issues that make a positive impact in the world. I would rather talk "mental health" issues rather than what Duchess Kate wore. Of course, she is most lovely.

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    1. As a teacher, I can clearly see that the point of the three royals having that "conversation" was to give an example of how to have the conversations they are encouraging others to have. I think the Duchess appears very confident. She is very polite and thoughtful with what she says so I think others are interpreting that as her being nervous. I don't see that at all.

      And, yes, how much nicer to talk about the issues of charitable work that is making a difference than to endlessly critique her clothing. I think that's why we like this blog so much. Charlotte does a fabulous job with talking about many things and not just her clothes. It gives this blog much more depth than some others.

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  81. Hello. I totally admire and am inspired by the young royals: I praise/promote them wherever I go. Really, I do, and I do it deliberately because it's so easy for people to dismiss British royalty and spoiled, outdated, and superfluous - and these folks are proving just how vital they are! (Most people either don't realize what the young royals are doing - and I see a light go on in their eyes, like maybe they'll be paying attention - or they admit to their own secret admiration of HRHs. What they are doing not only for England but the entire world is extraordinary and game-changing. Americans (I am American.) need to step up - and I never thought I would say that! In fact, they haven't set the bar, but dared everyone to raise it. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

    Small matter - very small but significant: no one is mentioning that the Duchess' blouse is see-through. I know, I know: it pales in comparison to the effort she is involved in, she's a modern young woman and it's of-the-moment fashion, she looks lovely, the ruffle covers her bra, etc. But she's the future queen of England (TFQE), and while I usually applaud her choice of dress (I wouldn't be on this site if I didn't.) and never comment if I'm not in love with a look or two, this choice wasn't exactly spot on. When I am conducting business and wear something sheer, the biz is more important than people wondering if they can catch a peek of my undies (and they do wonder, I'm not kidding) so I wear a camisole or something. I have sheer black pants, too, and wear dark tights or hose under them. (If I am on a date, then it's a bit different - but then, I am not TFQE.) She does know this: she's always covered up "the necessities" in her dresses that have lace or sheer panels. I know she must get tired of needing to project the image she's called to convey, but...

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    1. I don't think the top is see through. Some sections are more sheer than others but not see through. Im not seeing her skin show through at all.

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    2. I agree with your first paragraph, Susan. I noticed even CBS evening news (USA)had a short story last night on their efforts this week.
      Are you certain the blouse actually is see through?-that it isn't lined in a beige/tan shade? I couldn't see any areas that definitely showed her arm or area above her waist, as opposed to just the outline below the cloth, but I haven't looked that hard. The designer site may have this information, or perhaps I missed it in Charlotte's post. I remember a black dress she wore when pregnant with Charlotte (that sounds so weird on this blog ;+) with apparent cut-outs that was actually not see-through-just an illusion..

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    3. I agree, Susan. I found the sheerness in the lace top in this instance off-putting and distracting. Okay for a night out with William or a dinner party at home, but not for business. Not really a fan of the style of it anyway or of the ruffles. It looked like it was trying too hard to be clever. I do so appreciate Kate. I just don't think the blouse was appropriate or particularly pretty.

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    4. I have a sheer white top and tried every type of camisole under it and only the nude colored one looked good. With certain tops, esp. in the flashes of cameras, it would look more sheer than others. I think she must have a nude lining or camisole under it. It's cute. She's so thin that the ruffles really flatter her. We curvy women shouldn't even try:)

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  82. Courtney, hope you are feeling better. :)

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  83. What a great two days and so good to see a little of the real Kate. The video of W K & H was excellent and learning that as had been previously suggested the Heads Together idea was Kate's made it even better. She seemed to be leading the discussion betwee the three of them and appeared confident in what she was doing a confidence that continued whenshe met the marathon runners soon afterwards. At long last we have had a small glimpse into the real person she is.
    The visit to Radio 1 was so unexpected and great fun although William did rather take control I daresay Kate was a little cautious in what she said but I felt she picked up on William's comment on texting & interjected to make sure he clarified that it was not done while driving so there could be no adverse public reactions.
    Regarding many peoples comments on her remarks about loneliness and uncertainty after giving birth to George I don't think this was when in Anglesey yes she was understandably anxious but I think William was very supportive at that time and the Nanny came to help they left Anglesy towards the end of September & photographs taken when in Anglesey & on leaving to travel South showed her smiling & happy.
    I think the problems stated at KP when William left the RAF Air Sea Rescue he was not happy & missed flying as mentioned when they appeared for the Poppy Appeal event Kate looked dreadful and they never looked at each other. Prior to George's Christening there had been reports that William was going on hunting trips & photos appeared of him arrivng back at KP by helicopter from such an event the day before the christening. We then had the course at Cambridge University and his the photograph of him looking furious & it came to light that Kate had gone with George to join her Parents for a week in Mystique & the following week William caught out on a long weekend hunting trip in Spain on a supposedly lads weekend which included Jecca Craig. all this was followed By their holiday in the Maldives which thankfully brought them back together before the Australian trip. There were some reports at the time that Kate was worried about the Australian & N.Z. tour.
    Looking back on all of that I feel that that was the time Kate may have suffered some depression when she was badly let down by William which I hope will not happen again although the Ski trip still puts doubts in my mind not his stupid dad dancing but his dating of that Australian model he should not have even wanted to do it if he still loved his wife which I do question.
    I hope the weather is good for the Marathon & the many charities make a lot of money. I expect next week will be quiet but I hope we see Kate again before the Luxemburg trip.

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    1. I like your analysis but that seems like a whole lot of conjecture. Just because an expression was taken in a picture doesn't mean there was turmoil. The mere fact of having a baby, who by their own words, cried a lot. And having kids myself, when newborns have trouble sleeping, eating and cry a lot, that is enough to make you look awful. I had people comment on my looks after I had a baby. But you know what, I didn't care. I joyfully sacrificed myself for a season for the sake of serving my baby. And I didn't smile a whole lot when in public with my husband. That didn't mean there was trouble in paradise, we were both just totally exhausted. I'm not disagreeing with what you may know for fact, but there is no way we know the state of their relationship and each up and down. I would say overall, Kate is clearly a loved woman. Her confidence, security and affection for William attest to that. Let's be careful not to start negative gossip. I know you probably weren't trying to but I'm in a semi-public position and if comments like these were made on the people I oversee, I would say they crossed the line.

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  84. I found this conversation sort of odd? Did anyone else? Talking about having kids etc but with willian and Harry? It just seems out of place? Not that they don't talk about things of course, it just seemed more "speech like" sort of, but with only two people that she's talking to. Speech like as in it seemed very rehursed, not that she was reading anything. While I do get the points they're making. I also found it weird she called them "boys" instead of men/guys,brothers/ etc. I'm sure she meant it as in, they're mother passed away when they were boys but still seemed strange.
    Also. Didn't it seem contridictory to her saying "you guys coped so well as boys and I take that down to your early years" but then Harry says two seconds later that he didn't cope and he just pushed the thoughts behind him and also ended up going to therapy years after his mother passed away. Just seemed contridictoary to me and off. She's saying one thing, but Harry is saying another? Didn't make sense. while I get the points they're all trying u make, it just seemed it wasn't done well was all.

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  85. I was listening to the BBC One interview again and was struck by the conversation about social media. The DJ made the point about how we can get too wrapped up in how people are "rating" us on social media and then William made the comment about stepping back and realizing that the online world is not our "real" world. How true that is!
    My husband and I are in Ireland for a year, possibly longer, in a small village among strangers and so the online world has become a kind of lifeline to me. But so many times I misinterpret something or get caught up in something with people I don't know, have never met. Or even with my friends and family, because the time difference is many hours, they will respond to something and then by the time I have seen it, it is hours later and I can't ask them what they meant. Or vice versa.
    The BBC conversation reminded me to watch out for that. Being somewhat emotionally fragile to begin with, I need to be aware of this tendency and take the online world as just what it is. And also spend time with new friends in the "real" world and with my husband too. Not spend too much time glued to the monitor :)

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  86. What a wonderful video by the three of them. The entire tone is excellent. Kate is a very clever girl indeed and very underestimated IMO. I think her strength is in her quiet, shy manner.

    I have to believe that this ramp up in the mental health campaign is a very coordinated and executed initiative. I have always said there is a greater plan in place and all we have to do is wait for it to unfold. There is much work that goes into these initiatives that are not for public eyes and I think William, Kate and Harry have been busy beyond their appearances. I think they have done so much more than talk to ten people and put headbands on mailboxes.

    Also, that the roll out of this initiative coincides with the 20th anniversary of Diana's passing is probably no mere coincidence. With all the years past innuendos (and even recently) from Charles friends about Diana's mental state, I think it is a fitting tribute that her son's and her daughter-in-law decide to champion mental health. Kate's comment about how William and Harry have coped with the tragedy is related to their "childhood experiences" is to me an acknowledgement of the loving hand Diana had in their upbringing. Any pictures you see of Diana with her sons are happy and very loving. I think Helen said it in a previous post that it has been said William and Harry are Diana's legacy and that can't be more apparent than now. That her sons are her defenders of mental health seems a little like poetic justice. Could not be more proud of them. cc

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  87. Its a little bit of an ironic twist that the first time Kate is seemingly wearing something other than "skinny pants", the majority of the comments aren't about what she is wearing, but what she is doing!!! There appers to be a shift in the winds and its a good one! cc

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  88. I enjoyed this radio appearance SO MUCH!!! It was great to see William and Kate interact with each other is a real, unplanned way and to hear William joke about dad dancing. I was a little concerned about them and that maybe she could be a little mad with him after the pictures emerged of him high five-ing that model and putting his hand of the waist of that girl at that club, but pictures can be deceiving. It seems like they are as close with each other as ever. You can't act out something like that, so this puts my mind at rest. Kate look fantastic and that top was gorgeous!!! I hope the bought the skirt too. I would love to see her in the entire outfit. I have really enjoyed all their appearances this week and, Charlotte, your coverage of them was perfection, as usual!!! I am really looking forward to the becoming full time royals and getting to see them on a regular basis. Now, if we can just get Harry and Meghan married and performing royal functions, I will just be in utter delight.

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  89. Lizzie, I also hope William does better by Kate and concurrently the children. If he mistreats Kate the children in essence, are negatively affected also. He should know that. He did seem to leave Kate out in the cold at the radio station. I felt awkward for her. Although he joked about Verbier, and that was at least something, it wasn't the dancing that was the problem. The elephant in that room, of course, was the topless-model-slut-dropping daytime and evening drinking guest of his. I also noticed when W,K,H were sitting on the sofa watching the young people do a drama/dance skit, William, in more than one photo had his body language guarded of, not inclusive to Kate.
    Hopefully Verbier didn't put any distance between William and Kate. It just didn't seem at some of the events that William had that same spark towards Kate. Not trying to start anything, truly, but I had noticed these things and it seems I might not have been the only one who did. If anything, I hope it is just a brief phase. Having a four year old and two year can quickly and easily diminish romance in a marriage if precautions aren't taken. Contending with and running after two small, and perhaps strong-willed children can be very unromantic, and even more so if one of the people in the marriage is pre-inclined to having a roving eye in the first place. Oh how I pray I am wrong about all this, hopefully.

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  90. A bit late, catching up on all of this, but wow, what a great video of the 3 royals. I always love informal things like that and I'm glad to have been able to see how they work together and how this campaign affects each of them. It's also great getting to hear William and Harry talking a bit about Diana. I know some would criticize if they overshared, but I think they're just being real, which is perfect for this generation and shows an active effort to keep the monarchy relevant. Out of the 3 of them, I feel like William has the hardest time opening up. I sometimes can't tell if he's annoyed or not haha! It was fun seeing him do the radio bit. I laughed out loud when he admitted he's texted into the show and gotten a shout-out.

    I agree that we'll probably see less of them once the marathon is over, but I hope they return to doing lots of engagements a week after Pippa's wedding. It's so nice getting to see the young royals so often.

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  91. Just watched the radio show and it was fantastic and soo much fun! I am glad they are more down to earth and willing to give us a glimpse into their lives (getting take out and watching Game of Thrones--Im a fan too!). As a self proclaimed 2nd generation royal watcher--I loved this and seeing Kate and William having a bit more fun promoting mental health. From a professional standpoint, as a therapist, I wish we had Heads Together here and help reduce the stigma of mental health and not being "weak" if you need to talk or help to deal with whatever the hardship. Looking forward to tomorrow's marathon. Great job on the post!

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