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[Update] The Royal Trio Release Video Discussing Mental Health + BBC 1 Radio

Friday, April 21, 2017

Kensington Palace has been releasing a slew of new videos this week for the Heads Together campaign.  This morning, they released the longest yet, a 6min+ that focuses on William, Harry and Kate discussing the reasons that led them to shine the spotlight on mental health and launch Heads Together.



Kate briefly highlights "the first few days" with little George and the struggle the couple had in adjusting.  She says, "Do you remember up in Anglesey, so we'd had our couple of weeks of family support and then you were keen to get back to your work, and I was 'yeah, I'll come with you!' so we scooted off back to Anglesey."  In the video Kate says Anglesey, and it might be confusing, but she is talking about the time the couple spent in Bucklebury with the Middletons. You will recall that when George was born the Cambridges went straight to Middleton Manor where they remained for several weeks. The pictures released from those first few days were taken by Michael Middleton in the Middletons' garden:

Micahel Middleton

As Kate says in the video, when it came time for William to get back to work, she went with him back to their Anglesey cottage, and there ensued, according to Kate, and to reports at the time, a challenging learning curve for the new couple. It didn't take them too long to enlist the help of Jessie Webb, but I am sure these two were still on night duty with George, who was reportedly a fussy baby. In August of that year they said goodbye to their island home at the Ring O Fire Marathon launch, but it sounds like that last summer has a special place in their hearts both from joy and from hard won survival. ;) 


Also this morning, the Duke and Duchess made a surprise appearance at the BBC 1 Radio studio. Here is a short clip of their surprise entrance!



To the excitement of many, many fans, Kate wore her first pair of dress slacks!! 

BBC1

This is another Heads Together promotion, and they were on hand to "surprise" DJ Adele Roberts who is running the London Marathon for their mental health initiative.


The couple were live on the radio according to multiple sources, although I haven't heard that broadcast. Apparently the discussed a range of personal tidbits. The two discussed their love for take-out and tv, something we have definitely heard about over the years. As far back as their time at Anglesey I remember stories of cozy nights in front of Downton, and now the couple enjoy Homeland and Game of Thrones. Kate reminded us all not to text and drive:





After their radio interview, William and Kate stayed on to announce the official chart of top songs, which was recorded and will air later:


Kate's Closet did a quick ID on the Duchess's top. It is Temperley London's Cypre Pointelle Frill Top. 

The Duke and Duchess are pictured here in the studio and you can get a view of the back. 

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For a variety of reasons, I never did get back to the blog last night to update the post. I spent my allotted royal watching time on another matter. I might find a moment for a mental health break and update it today, or it might be casualty of circumstances. I am sorry and can only say to you what I am saying to myself at this point...summer is just a few weeks away. :)



55 comments:

  1. I think that was probably either before or after the reception for the marathon runners, as she is wearing the same clothes.
    I am impressed that she appeared to take the lead in the discussion; she got it started.
    Her talk about their return to Anglesey made me think about my first day with my first child. I was terrified, though I had 12 years nursing experience! Not the same when it's your own and this tiny creature is entirely dependent on you.
    I cannot remember any activity of any member of the royal Family, that has made such an impression as this has.
    Mental Health as always been the Cinderella of the NHS. Way back in the late 50s, when I was in charge of an A and E Dept (we called them Casualty Deps then) it was almost impossible to get Psychiatric help for people in crisis.
    During the election period it will be difficult for the Trio to say very much, so it is up to the rest of us to ask the right questions.

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    1. I also remember my first day alone as a mother. My mother had come to visit for 10 days and when she left I burst into tears thinking "How can I do this alone?" My daughter did the same thing when I left after her first was born. It's daunting.

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    2. I remember those days. For weeks, I was sure my daughter would die, so I barely slept. I was constantly checking to see if she was breathing. I was jealous of other new moms who seemed to adapt with ease to motherhood. Not a happy time. Most new moms need an incredible amount of support, I think.

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    3. Faith, you bring up an important point. You felt like other new moms were adapting so easily but they may have been hiding their struggles. I think this is exactly what Heads Together is about which is telling people it's OK to talk about your difficulties.

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    4. I think so too, Robin. Probably, most were struggling but didn't want to admit it out of some sort of fear of appearing inadequate etc. Hopefully, this current generation of new moms can change the conversation and support each other because no one but another new mom can really empathize with the difficulties unique to that time in one's life.

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    5. I don't know how new mothers cope today: they leave the hospital or nursing home within hours of the birth, when they must be weary.
      I was lucky you still got a week in the home before discharge, by which time feeding was sorted.

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    6. That's so true Jean. No time for recovery is allowed now. I was discharged the next day and was barely able to care for myself let alone a newborn. I can't even imagine leaving the same day unless the new mom has a lot of help already set up at home.

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    7. I agree. I can't imagine going home the same day or next day. I didn't get a week but I did get three days. There is also the option (and sometimes there isn't even an option) for the baby to room in with the mother. After a long labor and delivery a new mother needs sleep. It's not just being tired but the body has been through a physically tough experience. Today a young mother gives birth, the baby stays in the room with her instead of in a nursery, and they send her home 12 hours later. It's no wonder PPD is far more common now than it used to be.

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  2. Between Harry and Williams experiences with grief and the difficult time I believe Kate had adjusting to becoming a mother I can see why mental health has become their focus recently. I think all three have had challenges related to it, and I applaud them for highlighting the issue and providing a glimpse into their own struggles.

    Jane has highlighted here her perception that Kate struggled quite a bit after that first birth and I agree. I believe the private trip to the Maldives marked an effort to bring her back around and prior to that she looked very out of sorts. Bravo to her for using that experience to help others. I'm not always impressed with her charity efforts since I think she could say and do so much more but here I've been pleased and give her a lot of credit.

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    1. I agree Anon 9:54. I wonder if she will ever label it "postpartum depression"...it's a spectrum and it's fair to say she experienced it to some degree. I'm not sure if she hasn't acknowledged within herself as that label, or prefers to be private, as she tends to frame it as "you're never fully prepared". But based on what we *saw* and the tidbits she has shared it was a struggle. She's also a great poster child for this because we have seen her rebound and be vibrant!
      ~ A

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    2. Anonymous in ColoradoApril 21, 2017 at 1:49 PM

      Agree Anonymous 9:54! And Anonymous 1:03! There's also postpartum anxiety, & like postpartum depression, there's a spectrum on which a mother might find herself. Jane, I think you were right in your perception of Kate's struggles with motherhood in those early days.

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    3. Anon in CO, exactly with pretty much everything there is a spectrum. Just because you don't exhibit worst case symptoms doesn't mean you don't have it. And just because you say you have postpartum X doesn't mean you neglected your crying hungry child while you were off self-harming (as an example of what could be a bad scenario). That's part of the stigma, thinking we or others are all-or-nothing.
      ~A

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    4. Anonymous in ColoradoApril 21, 2017 at 4:35 PM

      Precisely Anonymous A! Well said 👏

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    5. While I understand the varying degrees and shapes that postpartum depression comes in, IMO, I think it's a bridge too far to label Kate as having had. Even a bit dangerous too.

      Alexis

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    6. I agree there are spectrums for many mental health problems. Unfortunately though (at least in the US) our diagnostic scheme is firmly categorical, not dimensional. In other words, someone either has "it" per DSM-5 criteria, whatever disorder "it" might be or he/she does not. Once someone qualifies for a diagnosis, there are often severity ratings that can be assigned, of course. But the person has to first have a diagnosis. (There likely would be some exceptions if post-partum because of **potential** danger to the child but mental health treatment coverage isn't exactly an exception-prone system otherwise.)

      Why does that matter? Like for so many things, it's a matter of money. It is hard, often impossible, to convince 3rd party payers (insurance, medicaid, medicare) to pay for "treatment" without documentation of a diagnosable illness. For those who cannot afford to pay for care out of pocket, that pretty much closes off access to treatment. I don't know how the NHS works in the UK but do know sometimes people WITH documented mental health diagnoses in the UK have to wait weeks, months, and sometimes even *years* for psychological treatment so it is likely no better. Untreated undiagnosable "problems" can cost more (in all ways) in the long run but the long run is usually not the main priority for those making the coverage decisions (and to be fair, for those responsible for budgets.)

      I do think WK&H did a great job.

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  3. Wow, that is extraordinary. I am so impressed by these three young royals. The future is looking bright, it really is. I must say that I have started to initiate small conversations in my daily life encounters with other people that relate to mental health and wellness, because I feel so very inspired by the Heads Together campaigns.
    Thank you Kate, William and Harry, you are amazing. Keep it up!
    Royal Watcher

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    1. I'm impressed too. I love what they are doing right now.

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    2. I love it too Faith. I cannot help but thinking that when they have been accused of being lazy, they have been doing preparation work that lead to just this. What they are doing is world class. But it could not have "been out there" any earlier, as it were a work in progress. It is very different to preparing for a tree planing event for instance, in that this requires the participants (Kate, William and Harry) to have recognised just how they can use their own experiences to help other people. This work makes them credible and transparent, and that is how they will gain respect with ordinary people. They need to be seen as role models, and that is exactly what we see here. Bravery indeed, as they know the media could take it and twist it into breaking news type of headlines. I just thought about the following: by them sharing their own information, they are in charge of what gets told and what doesn't. The evidence is in the film clips. So good.
      Royal Watcher

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    3. Completely agree RW.

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  4. What a lovely video. Sincere conversation between the three of them and a bit of a surprise as William and Harry stated right off that it was Kate's idea to focus on mental health. They are so dynamic together. I think the work they are doing with Heads Together is enormously important and that serene environment seemed to really add to the message they were putting across to take some quiet time out and find a place to talk. This is an example the type of work they do behind the scenes to help their charities. This is a win all the way around and I hope the London Marathon is a huge success!

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  5. Oh, now I need to update because of the update! That radio spot is adorable! So cute the way they adopted a DJ style of talking. Made me smile. And since I'm a frilly, pink loving, flowery sort of girl I really love that top she's wearing although one really needs to be built like Kate to pull if off properly! This week is almost as good as a tour!

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    1. I love the Temperley top too, Robin. So romantically pretty and you are so right about Kate having the perfect build to pull it off.

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    2. Anonymous in ColoradoApril 21, 2017 at 1:45 PM

      I, too, love this frilly, eccentric blouse! But then I'm a huge fan of the Anthropologie meets Miss Havisham look ;-)

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    3. There was a film on last night on BBC1. It was the training of the people who are running for Heads Together. William; Catherine and Harry were shown meeting them. There's a second part on next Thursday.
      There were some heart wrenching stories, but some amusing moments too.

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    4. I wonder if we'll eventually get to see those on Youtube. They certainly have been working tirelessly for this campaign!

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    5. Pure undiluted un-interpreted WCH. We are finally allowed to see the real people instead of royal writers' Twitter versions or what an interviewer wishes us to see.
      anon1

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  6. Agree with you all. This openess is huge for anyone in the public esp. the royal family. I think we can all see that Princess Diana's influence & love broke the stiff mold of the royals. Her boys are lovely, compassionate individuals set out to make a difference in this world. Interesting insight on Duchess Catherine's personality. I've heard she was chatty & thought she is able to converse with ease. This video not only confirmed that but also showed me she's a take charge girl. She steered that whole conversation like she was the interviewer! What a gift! I am in a similar leadership position but am naturally quieter & know it is not always easy to keep the conversation going esp. with strangers. She is a good example in all her charity work.

    And lastly- William as a DJ! Can I say-- HIDDEN TALENT! He was great. Even Catherine was amused!

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    1. Kate actually gave a nod to Diana saying that she finds it incredible how strong William and Harry are and how they've been able to cope and that she "puts it down to their really early years." I also loved that she called them "you boys" as she spoke. My husband is the oldest of five brothers and we're spread all over the country. When they are all together at reunions and such they are still referred to as "the boys." :-)

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    2. That bit stuck out to me as well. Diana truly built those boys from day one, and it was lovely of Kate to nod to that. Also loved the "you boys" line. What a treat.

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  7. Their voice will help eliminate stigma from brain disorders. Thank you https://youtu.be/WrbTbB9tTtA

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  8. Slow clap for the mental health focus being Kate's idea. 👏

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    1. I think " slow clap" means you are trying to be sarcastic, which I know isn't what you mean. Just wanted to tell you. If I'm wrong, someone please let me know.

      Although I did laugh when I read it, when I realized that wasn't what you meant. At first I thought, wow, she/he's tough. Then I realized you meant it as a compliment. So, it makes for a funny post. Gave me a laugh!:)

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  9. This reminds me of another blog post of you Jane. I can't find it anymore but you have speculate before about the 5 difficult months of Kate after baby George. I will never forget this bustrip in honor of Poppy day. She looked so tired and the internet exploded with nasty comments. People always think they have a easy life because of their wealth and staff. They live in a golden cage and they always get a lot of critism no matter what they do. I'm very suprised they open up about their personal feelings. Very brave move. And Kate looks better than she ever looks before these days. She is glowing!

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    1. Anonymous, is this it?
      http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/search?q=bus+poppy

      I don't know that I saw this post, so I'm glad you mentioned it.

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    2. Anon 12:53pm yes that was one good example of how her struggle was visible. We even saw her grey roots quite visibly (the only time I think we ever have). Even with all the staff she didn't care or couldn't muster the energy to do that. It's not a criticism. And you're right, unkind how it turned into criticism over her apperance. There was little kindness and empathy over that day.

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    3. She did not have a huge staff. All she had at that time was a housekeeper. Then William got Ms Webb out of retirement for a few months to help Kate with George.

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    4. She had a housekeeper that also did the shopping, dog, etc. a personal assistant (not Rebecca, her Private Secretary), and a "driver" whose list of responsibilities appalled people because it was so large. Remember the hoopla when the ad for the driver came out and they basically wanted him to do 20 different things, driving being the least of it but for PR purposes, they called him a "driver".

      So Kate did indeed have a lot of help even before the nanny. Not saying she didn't need a nanny, just saying she had a lot of help.

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    5. There was no driver or personal assistant living with them in Wales initially after George was born. Actually, Kate's Mum came for awhile later. Remember the photos of William taking her to the train? There were RPOs, of course who would be assigned to the couple whether the Cambridges wanted them or not. I'm pretty sure they did not run errands, cook dinner, or stay up nights with George. I believe the housekeeper, Antonella, started after they moved back to NonCot or at least after WCG had been there a few weeks. There were remarks from the couple about Kate preparing meals then. The driver advertisement was not listed under their names. The perspective employer was not named, as I remember. It could have been for Charles, for all we know. The advertisement for staff in The Lady -which listed a number of duties and may be the one you are thinking of-was placed for help after their return from Wales and was attributed to the Cambridges by the tabloids. Again, no employer listed-pure speculation.
      It is important to review one's sources before making such broad, potentially damaging public statements about someone. It in effect is denying Kate's statements that it was a lonely, rough time. It is supporting popular republican talking points.
      When I see such comments, I usually can trace them back to a celebrity blog or to unspecified sources in a tabloid or republican forum. A bit slanted.anon1

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    6. Wow, anon1, what a deeply aggressive and quite rude response.

      But you picked the wrong person to poke. While I'm not a Brit, I am a deep follower of Diana and now Kate. So, the facts, I know very well. And you are wrong.

      Antonella started working for Kate before George was born. In fact, she went to the Middletons after his birth to cook, clean, and help Kate with the baby.

      As your memory seems to be a little rusty on this fact, here is an article about Antonella arriving at the Middletons to help with the baby from this very blog:
      http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2013/07/housekeeper-antonella-fresolone-arrives.html

      Antonella then followed Kate when she went with William to Anglesey, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. to help with baby George.

      And no, I was not mistaken about the "driver", who was tasked with a million and one duties. While I never said that Kate's PA was living at Anglesey, she did have one at the time and we can assume she was helping Kate with many things too.

      To lecture me about "sources" when yours were clearly wrong, to say that I am "denying" Kate's statements, and I have "Republican" talking points - I'm speechless. Your tone to me and so many is so rude and I truly don't understand why. You make this blog an unpleasant place, I am sorry to say.

      Here is a quote from my original post: "So Kate did indeed have a lot of help even before the nanny. Not saying she didn't need a nanny, just saying she had a lot of help."

      That is simply the truth. That's not denying that Kate found motherhood a tough learning curve or that George wasn't a fussy baby, as has been well reported. But she had help coming out her ears. And yet, she still struggled. Both of these things can be true at the same time.

      Not sure why you feel the need to rewrite history or attack me when I am speaking the truth. It is rather sycophantic.

      Here's hoping that you learn to play nicer, anon1. Cheers!

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    7. George was a fussy baby is what I meant.

      Anon 1:48

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  10. What a nice treat to see Kate speak candidly. I love that "really" is her signature crutch word.

    Kate and William seemed to be more spirited together, at the radio, then we've seen them in the last few weeks. It's nice to see them publicly comfortable and back in their groove.

    There is so much I could comment on, but basically we've been spoiled this week, and all for a good cause!

    ~ A

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  11. Brilliant, simply brilliant. I am so thankful they are doing this work. Meghan will have a very important role to play as well and I think she will fit in to this team beautifully. After losing my Dad several years ago unexpectedly, I fell apart for quite a while. Little Miss Professional me, crumbled into a million pieces. It amazed me how few people truly understood how to help me, and how few even cared at all. Some tried and others hid from it because it was to painful to be bothered with. Thankfully I had a close couple of loved ones to lean on and I was able to have the courage to reach out and get help. Here's to praying that their cause that started in the UK, becomes a worldwide mission of courage and empathy, and that others will join the cause.

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    1. Virtual hugs about your Dad. I remember sobbing in the shower for several years after my Dad died. I was 25, although an adult, still really young to lose a parent. The grief can hit you at the most vulnerable or odd times. I'm sure your Dad is very proud of the person you are today!

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  12. Agree with how wonderful all that they are doing is. Some great videos and the radio show wonderful. I am now going to jump into the fashion:) I am not a fan of this top. I do not think Kate has the look for it. For me she is too athletic , long and lean looking. This to me is a style, if for anyone, best suited to a petite girly girl, like a Vanessa Hudgens. Also maybe best worn by someone 15 years younger and with different pants or with a boho skirt.

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    1. Could not disagree more - I thought she looked fantastic

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  13. I've been a bit on the fence about Kate, but her commenting about her own struggles with motherhood have really brought me around. I had a tough time after my first was born (recovering perfectionist here!), and it's nice to know that even a Duchess struggles with parenting.

    Although, to be honest, it must be even harder on Kate. Yes, she has help and family support, but who on earth can she take advice from about rearing a future King in an era when absolutely everything you do is scrutinized on social media?! Diana is gone and Queen Elizabeth II apparently was a bit absent during Charles' youth. It must be extremely daunting at times.

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  14. This entire week has been a brilliant one for their initiative. The video of the 3 talking amongst themselves about their problems goes a long way in helping people see they are not alone. The openness was so refreshing, and as William said the stiff upper lip generation is fading out. Thank goodness.
    I just loved them on Radio 1. That was so fun, and William was great behind the mic. They both were relaxed and charming. I thought William would be a good DJ.
    Bravo to the 3 of them, they have more than stepped up to the plate. As William so wisely put it, they took the lid off a pot of boiling water. Amen to that.

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  15. And, I thought Kate looked her beautiful self all week. Her wardrobe was perfectly suited to all the different events.

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  16. What a tremendous thing they've done with this and all the work they've done in the past few years. Well done the three of them.

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  17. She looks great in this top and I badly wish we had clear shots of the pants and heels because I believe we may getting our collective wish for a tailored pant look without the skin tight cropped look! This isn't something I would pick out for myself but she looks great in white and even her half up hair is working here. They've really showed up in a big way this week.

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  18. This last 24 hrs has blown me away. I am so happy here in Australia this Saturday morning- for all of us who have longed to hear Her true voice and to be let in a little - this has been historical sharing! Radio blew me away - they seemed so relaxed & good together on air. William I must say really seemed tickled pink by the radio experience. The tidbits we learned - priceless & Kate just so gorgeous & cute - her laugh, her teasing William about texting & art & craft, her idea for Heads Together - may all the negatives be blown away re "she isn't doing enough".... clearly she does alot more than we see & know! Very happy lady I am. And Kate yes the steep learning of motherhood / I agree!
    Theresa QLD Aus

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  19. Jane, I'd just like to thank you for all that you do. This blog is my "escape" and checking in today and seeing what the royals have been up to has touched my heart and quite literally made a very significant impact on my life. So thank you. You have no idea how much I appreciate what you do and what it gives to all of us.

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    1. I second that comment Anon 10:38. I have been buried at work this week and what kept me going was getting to Friday night, at home on the couch catching up on Janes posts and all of the comments from the 'regulars' on here. I recently became aware of some other blogs and the mean spiritedness of the comments was just shocking to me.

      Here...even when we disagree (and I think this blouse/sweater is going to be one of those fashion items that divides the room into the likes and dislikes!) ....We do so in ways that are respectful and courteous. So thank you to Jane and the commentators here

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  20. Jane, this is a minor thing, but it's BBC Radio 1, BBC 1 is a tv channel

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  21. The 'serious' comment: this focus on mental health is critical and I am so glad they are working to overcome the stigma. One of my sons suffers depression and anxiety and has been in treatment, yet he struggles even more with the shame of thinking he should be able to overcome it on his own, and how he fears opening up and discussing his issues even with professionals. The 'fun' comment: I love the white blouse and I love the pants, but not together. Having seen the way the designer paired the blouse with a skirt to match, I like the original pairing. But as always (in my view), Catherine is so cute, it looks OK on her.

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