Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, filmed a video message for Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2016, which is February 8-12.
In the video, Kate does the typical “stare into the camera, read off a teleprompter” video message, but she also sits down with four kids for a chat.
During the “present to the camera” portion, Kate said:
- “Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks. This resilience, our ability to deal with stressful situations, is something we begin to learn in childhood, as we respond to each challenge and problem life presents.
- “Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from. But for some children learning to cope with life’s challenges can be a struggle.
- “While we cannot always change a child’s circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope and to thrive. With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help.
- “A child who has overcome challenges with proper emotional support will emerge stronger.
- “Through my work in areas like addiction, I have seen time and again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood frequently stem from unresolved childhood issues. This needs to change. William and I feel that every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives.
- “Schools are uniquely placed to provide emotional support working with children and their families. This is something that Place2Be understands. I am incredibly proud to be their Patron.
- “This Children’s Mental Health Week, we want to support schools to prioritize the emotional well being of their students alongside academic success. By assuring every child is given the emotional support they need, we are giving them a firm foundation for the happy, healthy future they deserve.”
You can watch the video here:
Kate filmed the video at Salusbury Primary School with four kids from the school: Nimra, 10, Ryan, 10, Bailey-Rae,7, and Connor, 11. I do think this video is much better than Kate’s past videos, but I still have some problems with it.
A few thoughts:
- Kate looks really haggard. Most of the time when you guys mention that Kate looks tired at events, I don’t see it, but she looked so haggard to me in this video. It was the first thing I noticed, and it was really distracting. When I was just listening to the audio while going over my transcription it sounded way better than when I was watching the video.
- While I really liked the inclusion of the interaction with the kids, I thought it seemed very stilted. I half blame Kate because her voice was very weak and she was not projecting a sense of strength or confidence. As part of my own battle with depression, I’m focusing right now on speaking confidently and projecting strength when interacting with people: leading the conversation. Kate was not leading the conversation. Kate’s voice was very weak and she was projecting an air of self-doubt, like she wanted to shrink away. She also did not have a strong voice that commanded my attention during the rest of the video, either, but I digress. I also blame the kids – they were giving her nothing. The kid on her immediate right (viewer left), Ryan, was good after a while, but the kids were really awkward and made the whole interaction awkward. I know I shouldn’t blame them too much since they are barely double digits (one isn’t even double digits) and they aren’t used to being filmed like this and whatnot, but still, it made the video uncomfortable for me to watch. Perhaps they were responding to Kate and since she wasn’t speaking with strength, they didn’t either?
- Having said that, I do think this video is much better than Kate’s previous ones. I liked the inclusion of the interaction with the kids; I thought it added more to the video and the message than just Kate’s words.
- Reading just the words in a strong voice in my head (not Kate’s weak voice in the video that did not command my attention), I actually liked the words she said. It wasn’t super long or detailed, but I don’t think it needed to be. It was a good introductory video about the issue with a call to action. If this were a speech she was giving at a conference or fundraising event, then I would expect more, but for a short video in support of Children’s Mental Health Week, I think these words were appropriate.
I’ve said this before, but the biggest thing for Kate moving forward with speeches or video messages is delivery. Delivery is everything. Speak confidently; command my attention. One could be speaking about taxes, but if spoken confidently I would still pay attention.
For the video, Kate wore her Rebecca Taylor dark blue tweed jacket and skirt that she’s worn multiple times before, and her sapphire and diamond earrings.
If anyone wants to know why I pick on Kate so much for crotch clutching, the below photo is why. Kate presses her hands to her crotch even when she isn’t holding a clutch, even when she isn’t posing for photos. Kate’s shaking these kid’s hands with one hand and touching her genital area with the other. It’s really awkward and weird.
PS. Kate was spotted taking a helicopter from London back to Norfolk after her Air Cadets event yesterday. Kate apparently was wearing a completely different light blue coat for the flight back to Norfolk than she wore to the Air Cadets event. How many light blue coats does one woman need?!!
Photos: video screengrab.