William and Kate urge people to keep talking about mental health

Prince William tells radio listeners to ‘keep talking’ as he and Kate Middleton lead stars including David Beckham, Joanna Lumley and Dame Shirley Bassey in a mental health message broadcast across all UK stations

  • Prince William has urged radio listener to ‘keep talking’ about mental health
  • Joined Kate Middleton, David Beckham and other star in a mental health minute   
  • Duchess of Cambridge said mental health ‘binds every single one of us together’
  • Comes a day after Prince Harry slammed the Firm in an explosive US podcast 
  • Stars each spoke a line of the message written by poet and mental health activist Hussain Manawer, who also featured in the broadcast

Prince William has urged the nation to ‘keep talking’ about mental health as he joined Kate Middleton and an array of stars in a special radio broadcasts.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared unfazed by Prince Harry’s explosive podcast interview yesterday as Kate spoke to the nation to say ‘mental health binds us all together’.

The royal couples joined stars from the worlds of sport, television and the arts featured in the Mental Health Minute message, broadcast on airwaves across the nation to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

David Beckham, Dame Shirley Bassey and Charles Dance were among the celebrities who each spoke a line of the message written by poet and mental health activist Hussain Manawer, who also featured in the broadcast. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today marked Mental Health Awareness Week, with a one minute talk on more than 500 radio stations.

During the 60-second message William said: ‘So, as we come to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be great to keep talking.’

He was followed by singer-songwriter Anne Marie, who said: ‘To a loved one, friend or colleague, let’s keep making the conversation accessible.’

Kate was next and said: ‘Because our mental health binds every single one of us together.’

It comes after Prince Harry blasted Prince Charles’ parenting as he poured his heart out to a US mental health podcast yesterday. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (bottom right) were among the many names including Jamie Oliver and David Beckham taking part in the Mental Health minute

William and Kate’s mental health message

Dame Shirley Bassey: Every radio station across the nation right now, in this very moment is singing the same song. 

Joanna Lumley: That’s right. We’re all broadcasting the same energy.

Charles Dance: Transmitting much needed empathy,  mostly we’re all hitting the same note.

David Beckham: Taking time to reflect through the most challenging of years coming together to share, understanding, love and hope. 

Hussain Manawer: We have started many much needed conversations, and that is exceptional.

Jesse Lingard: Right across the nation, the shift every generation is playing against stigma towards change is incredible. 

Duke of Cambridge: So as we come to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week it would be great to keep talking

Anne- Marie: To a loved one, friend or colleague, let’s keep making the conversation accessible

Duchess of Cambridge: Because our mental health, minds, every single one of us together. 

Jamie Oliver: It’s universal. It unites us. It makes us inseparable . 

He said he moved to California with his family to ‘break the cycle’ of ‘pain’ he suffered as a member of the Royal Family – and needed to ‘change that for my own kids’.

The Duke of Sussex also admitted he first wanted to quit The Firm in his ‘early 20s’ because of ‘what it did to my mum’ and revealed that his wife Meghan Markle had encouraged him to have therapy and had herself now concluded: ‘You don’t need to be a princess’. 

Harry’s extraordinary attack on the Royal Family, two months after accusing them of racism towards his two-year-old son Archie, came as he appeared on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast in another big Hollywood moment for the Duke. The show promoted his Apple TV+ mental health series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, which premieres next Friday.

The Mental Health Minute was aired simultaneously across every radio station in the UK at 10.59am today, uniting commercial, community and all BBC stations, with an estimated audience of more than 20 million. 

Also featured in the broadcast were chef Jamie Oliver, England footballer Jesse Lingard and actress Joanna Lumley.

Dame Shirley began the broadcast by saying: ‘Every radio station across the nation right now in this very moment is singing the same song,’ and was followed by Lumley who added: ‘That’s right, we’re all broadcasting the same energy.’

Charles Dance, known to modern audiences for his role in Game Of Thrones, said: ‘Transmitting much-needed empathy we’re all hitting the same notes,’ and former England football star Beckham said: ‘Taking time to reflect, through the most challenging of years coming together, to share understanding, love and hope.’

Delivered by Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and independent podcast and audio producer Somethin’ Else, the Mental Health Minute was created in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.    

Shout was researched and developed by The Royal Foundation as a legacy of the Heads Together campaign and launched in May 2019 by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019

The service provides round the clock support from clinical supervisors and trained volunteers to ensure that no one has to face their problems alone.

 Hosted annually by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is in its 21st year and will run from Monday 10th – Sunday 16th May.

Yesterday, the couple visited the West Midlands for a day of engagements meeting groups that help young people with their mental health in a sign of business as usual William’s brother Harry launched a blistering attack on the firm. 

Harry discussed his own mental health in the 90-minute podcast. 

Eye on the prize! Sporty Kate, 39, was in her element as she took part in an archery session and played a game of table tennis at the Way Youth Zone, a state-of-the-art facility that offers activities and support for young people

How does your garden grow? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles as they did some watering and planting during a visit to The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, with Kate looking chic in a navy Tory Burch blouse and an elegant dark blue coat 

Kate and the chameleon! The Duchess of Cambridge held a chameleon on a visit to HugglePets in the Community, which uses animals to tackle children’s mental health issues

During the wide-ranging interview Harry – who appears to have developed an American twang to his British accent since leaving the UK – said: ‘I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.

‘It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.’

He added: ‘I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids’. And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first.’ 

The Duke called royal life ‘a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo’ and said he quit last year to put his family and mental health ‘first’. He also put ‘wild partying’ in his youth down to ‘childhood trauma’, having previously admitted experimenting with cannabis and drinking to excess, and joked about the time he played naked billiards at a party in Las Vegas. 

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