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The struggles of being a dad, The Duke of Cambridge opens up

On Thursday, The Duke of Cambridge visited projects that support the mental health and the wellbeing of males. One standout point of the trip is when William visited a programme called “Future Dads.”

Future Dads is a charity located in London that provides advice and support for fathers while helping men develop their confidence in their roles of being dads. The Duke then chatted with dads who have taken the course and different practical sessions that prepare them for fatherhood. As a father of three himself, William spoke on the challenges of being a father.


“It’s quite daunting how tiny they [babies] are when they arrive.”

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The Duke then joined in on several conversations touching on the realities of becoming a new dad, the balance between working life and fatherhood and yes, even the challenges of changing a nappy.

As a father to Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3 and Prince Louis who is just under a year old, the Duke has had much practice in the past few years. But even with practice, William explained, “It’s never straightforward.”

The visit was just one of two visits put together by the Heads Together campaign. The Duke also visited Pall Mall Barbers. Part of Lions Barber Collective, the collective is a group of top international barbers who have come together to discuss the prevention of suicide. The prevention of suicide is all part of the training for barbers which is entitled BarbersTalk.


Through BarbersTalk, barbers are being trained to recognise signs of depression and other mental health issues that clients may present. Which in return, the barbers are able to lend advice for the best places to go to for support.

Heads Together was started by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. Since his wedding in May, the Duchess of Sussex has also started working with the organisation. Their mission is to end the stigma and change the conversation on mental health.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.