The Duchess of Cambridge hosted runners at Kensington Palace ahead of the London Marathon next week for the Heads Together charity.
The Duchess also launched a series of Heads Together headbands around London that will adorn post boxes ahead of the marathon.
Her Royal Highness spoke to several runners during the visit, asking eight-year-old Bella Rodway, “Do you talk about your feelings to anyone? You need to lead the way with your friends. Even if you are not feeling good or worried about stuff.”
The Duchess also spoke about Prince Harry’s revelation of his mental health struggles in the ensuing decades since his mother’s death in 1997, saying, “He has been brilliant.”
“We all felt there was very much a campaign to get everyone talking and have these conversations,” she told the runners. “We have got to do the same.”
Earlier this week Prince Harry spoke on Bryony Gordon’s “Mad World” podcast and revealed his struggle with mental health in the wake of his mother’s death and how therapy has helped him work through the issues.
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” the Prince revealed on the podcast.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have spoken out about the need for conversation about and support for mental health. The charity’s official website states, “Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the London Marathon on Sunday, as their charity, Heads Together, is the Charity of the Year for the Marathon.