Kate Middleton gave a quote to the Times (London) about children’s mental health in support of their Time to Mind children’s mental health campaign. This comes six weeks after she released a video message in support of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week… and mere hours before the UK supreme court ruled to allow Prince Charles‘ letters to the government to be made public.
Kate’s quote reads:
- “I have been heartened to see that so much progress has been made in ending the taboo of adults openly treating mental wellbeing as the health issue it is.
- “I believe that our generation of parents, carers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires.
- “I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties.
- “This is a discussion that William and I hope to play a part in during the months and years to come. We welcome all work to highlight this important issue for the benefit of all our young people.”
The Time to Mind campaign is a manifesto written by clinical psychologist, Tanya Byron, and calls for greater investment in child mental health services and early intervention in particular.
More from the Times about Kate’s quote:
- “The duchess has told colleagues that she has been struck that the need for early intervention comes up repeatedly when she visits projects and charities, including those for the homeless and drug addicts.
- “However, she believes that her energies will have most impact in the area of early intervention in child mental health.
- “It is believed that the duchess feels personally very strongly about children who are troubled or distressed in their school years. Although she has never spoken publicly about her own experiences, she left Downe House, a private school in Berkshire, after just two years to go to Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where friends say she arrived with very little confidence.”
Two thoughts: 1) My Jason really is getting things done, isn’t he? I don’t know how much influence he really has and what he’s actually been doing, but ever since he came on board things have been different with Kate. She’s actually making a good number of engagements instead of making only a few and then heading off on early maternity leave as everyone predicted, and she recorded a video message and gave a quote in support of one of her causes. Get it, Jason. 2) Why did Kate bring William into her message to the Times? She did this in her video message as well, making it seem like William is so involved and cares so much about children’s mental health. Um, no. William has never done anything in support of mental health and has never even accompanied Kate while she supported that cause.
Those were my first two thoughts, my third thought was “My what a coincidence that this quote gets released the same day as the UK supreme court decided to allow Prince Charles’ letters to be made public”.
I’m going to quote the Mirror:
- “Controversial letters from Prince Charles to Government ministers containing his ‘most deeply held personal views and beliefs’ can now be published following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court.
- “The court ruled today that the Attorney General was wrong to ban publication of the letters following a 10 year legal battle by the Guardian newspaper to have them released under the Freedom of Information Act.
- “Dubbed the ‘black spider memos’ because of Charles’ spidery handwriting, the 27 letters written between 2004 and 2005 could cause him extreme embarrassment if they show he attempted to lobby ministers with his personal views.”
Clarence House released a statement in response to the decision:
- “This is a matter for the government. Clarence House is disappointed the principle of privacy has not been upheld.”
Hm… Now I ain’t sayin’ she a
gold digger PR diversion, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke her team knew exactly what day the ruling would come in, and the Time to Mind campaign is already in it’s third week, and this seems like way too much of a coincidence to not be intentional.
Of course, if releasing this quote were intended to be a diversion, it totally failed since no one is talking about Kate’s quote and everyone is talking about the court ruling (and Richard III‘s reinterment). But, you know, nice try.
At the risk of getting called a sugar, I’m going to say something nice: good for Kate/her team for releasing a quote on behalf of one of her causes. I mean, she probably didn’t write this and may not even know it was released, and it does seem like part of some failed PR ploy to draw attention from the court ruling, but we’ve been asking her to step it up and releasing any sort of quote is a step in the right direction. That’s not to say that Kate doesn’t still have a lot of progression she needs to do, because of course she does. She also needs to keep this momentum up, especially after the second baby gets here. But this is a step in the right direction.
PS. The Succession to the Crown Act which allows gender neutral primogeniture has finally been passed in all 15 countries where the Queen is head of state and is now fully in effect. This is also not getting hardly any attention.
“Today the provisions of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 come into force.
“The Act removes the male bias in the line of succession, ending the system of male heirs automatically inheriting the throne over female heirs and removing this historic discrimination against women. The Act also ends another long-standing piece of discrimination, the bar on anyone who marries a Roman Catholic from becoming monarch, and replaces the outdated Royal Marriages Act 1772 such that only the first 6 in line to the throne need consent of the monarch to marry.
“The Act reflects this Government’s emphasis on equality by removing centuries of discrimination on both religious and gender grounds. The Act puts in place succession laws that are fit for the 21st century and for a modern constitutional monarchy.”
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