Beautifully written and thought-provoking: Kate Middleton's first blog is a must-read

By Kirstin Buick
17 February 2016

Prince William's lovely wife took the reigns as Huffington Post's Guest Editor in the hope of raising awareness and understanding of children's mental health issues, a cause that is especially close to the young mom's heart at the moment.

Twitter, Instagram and now a blog -- who said the British monarchy was old and stuffy? The Duchess of Cambridge has taken the next step in bringing the blue-blooded family into the 21st century, with a guest blogging spot on the UK version Huffington Post.

In the thought-provoking piece, Kate said that many parents have been too ashamed to admit children need psychiatric care -- and it needs to stop. "For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures," ," she wrote.

She cited research that suggested that around a third of parents still worry that they will look like "bad mothers or fathers" if their child has a mental health problem.

"Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children." Kate, who is mom to two-year-old George and nine-month old Charlotte, also addressed what she and William (33) would do if they discovered their little ones had mental health issues. "Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it.

"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." With the elegantly written article, the art history graduate helped launch the first of the outlet's Young Minds Matter series, in which they hope to address problems, causes and solutions to the stigma surrounding the mental health crisis among children in the UK. During her day at the Post, Kate looked every bit the editor in a D&G bouclé skirt as she commissioned pieces and published various pieces for the outlet.

In photos of her day at the website's headquarters, Kate looked to be thoroughly enjoying herself as she laughed and joked with "her" journalists and writers.

Read her full blog here

Ed's note: Kate, you're welcome to take over YOU.co.za any time you please -- provided you bring George and Charlotte along for us to play with!

Sources: huffingtonpost.co.uk, mirror.co.uk, usmagazine.com, cnn.com

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