The Duchess of Cambridge guest edits the Huffington Post for the day, turning Kensington Palace into a newsroom
(photo Kensington Palace Instagram)
The duchess turned Kensington Palace into a newsroom as she welcomed editors from the Huffington Post to help launch 'Young Minds Matter', their new series about the psychological and emotional issues affecting children and teenagers. But while the first headlines were all about a royal turning journalist, the guest editor wanted all her readers to concentrate on a very difficult issue.
Kate, in a guest blog, spoke about the fear some parents have of admitting that their children need psychological or emotional support. She said that she and Prince William wouldn't hesitate to get help if they felt their son, George, or daughter, Charlotte, ever needed it and urged people to remember that emotional illnesses are just as important and treatable as physical conditions. Kate added that ''We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.''
Kate's day at the helm began with an editorial meeting at Kensington Palace although she had already been heavily involved in the coverage being given to Young Minds Matter and had commissioned articles and videos linked to the topic. Some of the young people who featured in one of the films, called 'Real Truth', also visited the royal newsroom to talk to Kate about their experiences.
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, wrote a blog for the launch of this new series in which she urged everyone to shine a light on mental health. She also urged people to end the stigma sometimes attached to mental health issues to make it easy for those who need support to get it.
Inside the @HuffPostUK newsroom at Kensington Palace, in pictures: https://t.co/RsSwZb3kBp #YoungMindsMatter pic.twitter.com/N8aWeR1NP2— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) February 17, 2016