Despite still suffering from severe hyperemesis gravidarum (a severe form of morning sickness) Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception for 2017 World Mental Health Day alongside her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry. It’s her first public appearance since the announcement of her pregnancy, and the first time she’s been seen in approximately six weeks.
Guests at the Buckingham Palace reception work in the mental health sector, working with the young royals to change the perception and discussion surrounding mental health in British society.
They called The Duchess a “fighter” for showing up to the event.
Founder of the charity Student Minds, Dr Nicola Byrom, said that because of the work that was done by the Royals in this field, they had managed to change the conversation about mental health. She spoke of the Duchess: “she’s amazing. What a fighter that she’s here and putting other people in front of herself.
“They clearly really care about this issue which is so powerful for everyone,” she told the Mirror.
Stephen Fry, who made an impassioned speech about mental health, said about Catherine: “I do understand she’s been having this problem more severely than many pregnant mothers and so we’re very grateful (she’s here).”
About the event, he added: “When mental health is discussed here under these chandeliers in front of these portraits it does have a meaning it does show a change in our society’s ability to look at problems like mental health.”
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Fry offered only praise for the young royals and their mental health campaign, saying, how it’s an “extraordinary achievement”, before adding: “No one would realise if they hadn’t done it, which makes it all the more remarkable that they have.”
Sue Baker, Director of mental health campaign Time to Change, said: “This is clearly so genuinely close to their hearts.
“This is the first thing she’s done [since her morning sickness began] and it’s so positive for the mental health world to keep seeing the royals, again and again, put mental health at the front of their agenda because for generations we have been the Cinderella service.”