Here’s a quick update on Kate Middleton‘s stint as a guest editor for the Huffington Post UK. Kate will become a guest editor of the online publication on Wednesday, February 17, to help launch a program called “Young Minds Matter”.
From the Huffington Post UK:
“On 17 February, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, will join editors at HuffPost UK as guest editor to specifically help raise awareness of [children’s mental health] and help us launch Young Minds Matter.
“Using the hashtag #youngmindsmatter we will discuss the problems, causes and also most importantly the solutions to the stigma surrounding the UK’s mental health crisis among children. […]
“Under guidance from Kensington Palace, my team has been working on a series of original articles, blogs and videos commissioned by the Duchess. They all aim to inspire families and teachers to lead the conversation with children about mental health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and listened to.
“You’ll read about how mindfulness in schools is critical to supporting good mental health in children, how art therapy is helping children affected by mental health issues flourish and how innovative science is solving the mental health problems in primary school children.
“The Duchess has always been publicly clear about her passion around this subject, especially in her role as patron for Place2Be. That’s why #youngmindsmatter will launch by focusing on the areas she values highly, including programmes aimed to help primary aged children, efforts at early intervention, the importance of breaking the cycle of multi-generational mental health issues and the progress being made through art therapy.”
I’m going to nitpick here and say: No, Kate has not “always been publicly clear about her passion around this subject”. Though Kate has been patron of Place2Be since 2013, she only decided it was her “passion” last year.
Anyway, from reading the article it sounds like HuffPostUK has been on a mental health kick for a good year or so and that they may have reached out to Kate/KP to give them a publicity boost for their new campaign (rather than the other way around). It seems like HuffPostUK is actually going to take this seriously and make it about mental health and ending the stigma around it, which is good.
I’ve been thinking about how best to cover the guest editor thing and am wondering how much coverage of the “original articles, blogs, and videos” you guys want. I would, personally, chose to cover more of the professional stuff than whatever Kate is doing, but this is a blog about Kate Middleton so I do need to cover her and if you guys want more coverage of her then that’s what I’ll do. It’s up to you my lovely readers.
In Prince William news: William FINALLY scheduled his first public appearance of the year for Tuesday, February 16. William will mark the first anniversary year of the Diplomatic Academy with a visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In blog schedule news: I’ll have updates about several royal ladies for the rest of the week leading up to Kate’s first appearance on Sunday. Then I believe Kate will release a video message for Children’s Mental Health week which starts on the 8th.
Photos: screengrab / Place2Be @Place2Be / Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal