Kate Middleton Reveals What an 11-Year-Old Girl Taught Her About Mental Health, Recycles Suit for Fourth Time
By Antoinette Bueno
Kate Middleton is learning important lessons from children.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech on Monday at an assembly for Place2Be, a children's mental health charity, in London, England, to support Children's Mental Health Week. The mother of two shared a heartfelt story about one little girl she connected with.
"Recently I met an 11-year-old girl who was helped by Place2Be," Kate said. "She told me that if you keep your feelings inside, you can feel as though you will blow up like a balloon. But, by talking to someone about them, it can make you feel so much better."
"I thought that was such a clever way of looking at it," she added. "If we are worried, upset, lonely or angry -- the best thing to do is to talk to someone about it. Whether that is your mother or father, a teacher or a friend."
Kate reflected on her own childhood, and acknowledged that she "was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age."
"People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people," Kate said. "The answer is quite simple -- it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life. When I was growing up I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me. They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn."
"My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect and honesty, and I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life," she continued. "That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte, just how important these things are as they grow up. In my view, it is just as important as excelling at math or sports."
Kate received a warm welcome at Mitchell Brook Primary School, where students excitedly greeted her outside while waving flags.
Later, she attentively listened while encouraging children to spread kindness, and look out for classmates who may be having a difficult time.
Kate looked gorgeous at the event, sporting a bright red Luisa Spagnoli suit, which might look familiar by now. The Duchess has worn the dress to a public event four times now, starting in February 2011, when she first wore it to visit her alma mater, St. Andrews. Three years later, she dusted it off for a visit to Christchurch, New Zealand, in April 2014.
This weekend, the duchess competed against her husband, Prince William, and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, during a charity race for Heads Together, a mental health campaign. While Harry easily won the race, Kate awesomely gave her hubby a run for his money!