Prince Charles has revealed he is “delighted” that daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge is volunteering with the Scouts.
The Prince of Wales, writing for the Mail on Sunday, praised Kate’s choice to volunteer, as it will help to encourage more offer their own time.
“I need hardly say that I am particularly delighted that my daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, has helped to swell the ranks of the much-needed Scouts volunteer for the organisation.”Charles, who recently celebrated his 65th birthday, explained that more volunteers are needed to encourage young people to reach their full potential.
“I know that young people have an immense contribution to make to our society,” the second-in-line said. “But I have long believed we are failing to do enough to unlock their talent and unleash their energies to help tackle all sorts of challenges.”
He added: “I would hope that we might also build on the wonderful volunteering spirit and the contribution made by so many to the success of last year’s London Olympics.”
Earlier this year, Bear Grylls, the UK’s Chief Scout, praised Kate for the time and support she has given to the organisation, and credited her with helping raise membership levels.
“It’s great that so many adults are joining the Scouts, and I am sure the increase has had much to do with the Duchess of Cambridge becoming a Scout volunteer last year.”
He continued, noting how the Duchess’ support for the Scouts has continued to encourage others to volunteer, “She’s also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family. Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure.”
Since the Duchess joined the Scouts in 2012, the organisation has seen the second biggest rise in volunteers since 1986.