Friday, 13 May 2022

Mental Health Minute 2022: 'Together We Can Tackle Loneliness', a Top Gun 2 Date & Royal Updates

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have once again participated in recording a message broadcast across 500 radio stations simultaneously and reaching over twenty million listeners. It is the fifth year William and Kate have joined the message, and for the first time this year, it features their voices solely. In previous times we saw multiple well-known names involved. The couple began by introducing themselves, saying: "Hello, I'm Catherine. And I'm William. And we'd like to talk for just one minute about loneliness."

Mental Health Minute was produced by Heads Together and is one of a number of legacy projects and efforts currently active. It is in support of Shout 85258 -- the UK's first 24/7 text messaging service, which was created by the Royal Foundation.

People reports:

"So if you think someone you know may be feeling lonely, just give them a ring, send them a text or knock on their door," Kate said.

William followed, "Maybe suggest meeting for a cup of tea or a walk."

"Because these small acts of kindness can make a big difference and help us all feel less lonely," Kate added.

Prince William then shared his apologies for "interrupting every radio station in the country."

"But if we interrupt the lives of those who are feeling alone," Kate said for William to finish, "We can help lift them out of loneliness."

The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is tackling loneliness.

The Mental Health Foundation said: "One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others. For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it."

The Royal Foundation's text line Shout published a helpful and insightful post on meaningful connections:
'A meaningful connection is a two-way street where both people get something positive and useful from the relationship. It requires engagement, empathy and consistency.

Meaningful connections can provide an antidote to loneliness and can also be a vital component for maintaining good mental wellbeing. That’s why our Shout Volunteer training is largely based on making meaningful connections with people in distress.

For many texters, Shout is their first point of meaningful contact. 42% of texters say that they felt they had no one else to talk to before reaching out to Shout. Feedback confirms that people who use Shout most appreciate being listened to and feeling understood. Having the opportunity to talk is vital and, by doing so, we encourage social connectedness, which increases our resilience.'

The simple steps we can all take according to Shout.

Shout continues to provide support to people from all over the UK around the clock. It's an important week to note they are quite urgently in need of new volunteers. If you can spare a few hours a week and would like to get involved, please click here.

The Duchess wore her Altuzarra Aimee dress. Below, Kate wearing it for a 2016 Heads Together engagement. 

The button-front stretch-woven dress features a V neckline, half sleeves, light ruching at front and inner arms, a slit, a slim silhouette and straight hem. 

Kate accessorised with pearl earrings.


After William and Kate's engagements on Wednesday, the couple joined the nation in sharing their sadness at the news cancer research campaigner Deborah James is receiving end-of-life hospice care. I know some of you mentioned being familiar with Deborah's heartbreaking and ceaselessly courageous journey. She is the definition of an inspiration and embodies a selflessness we all admire. In recognition of Deborah's fundraising and advocacy efforts, it was announced yesterday she is to receive a Damehood. It is so richly deserved and a testament to the impact Ms James has had.

The BBC reports:

'The mother-of-two has raised more than £3.7m since Monday, after she announced she had stopped having treatment.

She is spending her remaining time at her parents' home, with her family.

Damehoods and knighthoods are usually announced as part of the New Year Honours or the Queen's Birthday Honours. But, in exceptional circumstances, some are announced at other times of the year - as happened with Captain Sir Tom Moore's knighthood.

Downing Street confirmed the granting of the honour in a press release, which said: "The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Damehood be conferred upon Deborah James."

The Cambridges donated to her fundraiser, Bowel Babe, to aid cancer research in the UK. It has reached almost £4 million and continues to climb. If you would like to donate, click here. Deborah's much lauded book F*** You Cancer is available at Amazon, and her podcast, You, Me and the Big C, is available on Apple.

Reacting to news of the Damehood, Ms James said she was "blown away" and "crying at the honour".

UPDATE: William paid a special visit to Deborah and her family to award the Damehood. Deborah was delighted and deeply touched. Afterwards she said: "Prince William actually came to our family house today!! I am utterly honoured that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time talking to my whole family but also honoured me with my Damehood. It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale - but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease. He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as the President of the Royal Marsden. It was such a special day for my whole family, making memories to last a life time. He’s welcome back any time".


In fashion updates, Kate's CEFINN Riley Funnel Neck blouse is available in several sizes and for pre-order in sizes 8-16.

Kate's mint Self-Portrait dress worn on tour is available in several sizes at Net-A-Porter.

And Kate's Veja Esplar sneakers are in stock at Neiman Marcus.


When it comes to calendar updates it doesn't get much more exciting than news the Duke and Duchess will attend the premiere of Top Gun 2: Maverick on Thursday, 19 May at Leicester Square. The premiere will be hosted by Paramount Pictures and The Film and TV Charity and will be the 72nd Royal Film Performance™ delivered by the charity in its almost 100-year history. The couple will spend time with the cast including Tom Cruise who reportedly invited William and Kate to a private screening of the film in early April. It's understood Beatrice and Eugenie were also there. After Kate's Bond premiere entrance in a show-stopping Jenny Packham gown, the fashion bar is high. There would be zero complaints if Kate decides to take it out of her wardrobe again :)

Before that, there's a very special royal event in store on Sunday night when a host of royals gather for the Royal Windsor Horse Show - a Gallop Through History. The Celebration will see more than 500 horses and 1000 performers create a 90-minute piece of spellbinding arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays from the Commonwealth, Europe and our own Armed Forces, dancers and global equestrian displays. Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi walked the red carpet for the preview today. Beatrice wore a floral Susie gown by a brand Kate loves -- the Vampire's Wife.

The most adorable part will be a surprise starring role by a number of the Queen's great-grandchildren travelling in a carriage procession. You'll remember this rehearsal video from a couple of weeks ago.

Speaking of Her Majesty, it was simply splendid to see her in attendance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Queen was delighted to see her horse Balmoral Leia named supreme champion. It certainly looks promising she will be there Sunday night.

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It will be televised on ITV from 8.15 pm and I'll have full coverage here.


  1. Thank you for the new post, Charlotte. I have a question: I thought the tour to Scotland was going to last two days but I only recall seeing photos/news about day one. Was I mistaken or did something change or perhaps I missed it?

  2. Hello! Day Two was a solo for William, we didn't know that until engagements began yesterday. My guess is Kate returned to London Wednesday night. I do think we'll see the entire Cambridge family on Sunday evening :)

    1. Thank you. That's very kind of you to take the time to answer my question.

  3. A busy week for the Cambidges. Mental Health is just as important as Cancer. Some people feel having depression, or other Mental issues, must stay hidden, they don't want to ask for help, because of the still existing stigma. For any other illness one sees a Dr. It seems MH is still hidden like n the middle ages. Anyone needing help go and get, it it is out there for you.

  4. I was THRILLED to see The Queen at the horse show! My cry of joy scared the sleeping dogs - seeing those ponies at her car window just made my day and renewed my hope for the Jubilee being all I’ve hoped for. I want it perfect for The Queen; I want everything to honor her.

    On the downside, NOBODY in my area has Dubonnet and that’s putting a damper on my Jubliee luncheon, but since I will be the only guest I can tough it up with a g & t.

    1. Enjoy your Luncheon! Sounds like an enjoyable guest list!

  5. Mike Tindall was on GMB and he said he knows nothing about the great grandchildren in the carriage procession? And that people just assumed that’s what they were practicing for.

  6. William will attend the FA final tomorrow, maybe with George? And he did visit today Deborah James to make her a Dame. So well deserved and so nice to see her and her family so delighted to meet him.

  7. This is great news all around! Glad they are staying consistent with the awareness around mental health, and what a treat to see the queen. Love that William conferred the well-deserved Damehood on Deborah James today. So inspirational, moving and heartbreaking. I’m just blown away by her attitude and ability to inspire others to donate to a worthy cause. Looking forward to the weekend and all jubilee events! Sue

  8. I love that the Queen was there and love her outfit!! Seems very appropriate and it suits her big smile. I usually hate The Vampire's Wife but Beatrice looks SO pretty and happy!!It seems like the jubilee plans are going well and there should be excitement for several weeks. And we get to see lots of children/babies that we don't see or haven't seen, including H&M's. Lots of fun.

  9. Princess Bea looks happy. She has the most stunning natural hair color!!

  10. Zora from Prague14 May 2022 at 12:32

    Thank you so much, Charlotte, for drawing our attention to the Mental Health Week and Deborah James' story. This is the first time I've her of her and she is truly incredible. I'm so glad William came to her house. Kudos to the Cambridges!

  11. A good message. I think a great many of us are feeling isolated these days, but I might point out that technology is one of the reasons. Put down the phone, turn off the computer, and get out and meet real people in person, even if you still have to wear a mask and social distance.

    Social media have a lot to answer for. I sometimes think it's impossible to use them "wisely".

    That said, I like this dress very much. I first saw it, months before it was released to the public, worn by actress Michelle Williams in a photograph, and I eagerly awaited a better look. The first came when the Duchess wore it, and I wasn't disappointed. It somehow manages to combine demureness with a touch of sexiness, which is no small feat in a dress. I still enjoy it and am currently eyeing another Altuzarra dress that has the same effect. If only it would go on sale!

    I thought that gold Packham dress, from her Bond collection, was the perfect item for a Bond film premiere, but it won't have the same impact worn for anything else. I'd be just as happy if that turned out to be a one-off appearance.

  12. Such a very sad story, Deborah James God bless her, I am so glad Prince William paid her a visit. Well done.

  13. ILoveElephants15 May 2022 at 22:36

    Hi Charlotte, I only see the queen and Sophie and the royal Windsor horse show. Did William and Kate attend?

  14. Why didn't the great grandchildren show up for the Windsor Horse show?

  15. The Sunday Times royal reporter Roya Nikkhah has impeccable sources at BP so I'm not entirely sure what happened. My guess is (possibly) a royal aide had incorrect info and passed it on.

    1. In my experience, all the "royal reporters" and so-called "royal experts" quoted or otherwise published in the media are largely engaging in speculation, assumption, and flat-out guessing. In certain publications (not the Times but others), they simply fabricate their claims, and as one member of the royal family once admitted, "We lie to the media all the time."

      For that reason, I discount virtually everything about the royals that I read in the media, no matter how reputable the publication, unless it involves an official statement from the Palace or an appearance that can be described by people who were there and confirmed by photographs. There is just too much misinformation out there.

    2. Vittoria, your assessment on royal commentary is absolutely correct in my experience.

  16. Just to see the Queen in that beautiful outfit with no hat -- she truly looked beautiful herself. Her hair was gorgeous, and her smiles were amazing. I just have never seen her like this -- perhaps she was so happy that it was occurring after so much planning. Really, though, who wouldn't want a mother or grandmother like that?

  17. Maybe the children will ride around at an event where all the parents are present, later in the jubilee.

  18. I hope Kate wears the beautiful green gown she wore on the last tour. It was spectacular!

  19. Sarah from California19 May 2022 at 04:17

    Thank you for all of these lovely posts. I can't keep up with you but, so enjoy them and you!
    William and Kate are doing great! Loved recent pictures of HRM the Queen!!!!


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