Kate Middleton: ‘No mother is immune to anxiety and depression’

The Duchess of Cambridge has long been a supporter of mental health in women and children. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge has long been a supporter of mental health in women and children. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge has pledged her support to mothers and their mental health in her new role as patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).

In a new video filmed at home, the 40-year-old mom of three stated that “no mother is immune to anxiety and depression,” adding it was crucial to those struggling to be given the “right support at the right time”.

“The birth of a child is one of life’s greatest gifts. But it can also be one of the most challenging times for many families and one that shouldn't be faced alone.

“We all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first months and years of a child’s life can be hugely demanding. Parents often feel lonely and overwhelmed by these early years.”

The royal, who is mom to George (8), Charlotte (7) and Louis (4), has made early childhood development the cornerstone of her public work. Her new patronage was revealed during the UK's Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.

Prince William’s wife urged society to play its part, saying everyone needed to help “parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today”.

“It is crucial that all those who might be struggling are able to share their feelings without fear of judgement and can access the information, care and support they need to recover.”

The ever-stylish royal wore a pretty floral lace dress by Italian fashion brand Max Mara and wore her long hair down. She opted for soft makeup to complete her look. 

Earlier in the week the duchess stepped in for the queen when she presented the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British design to menswear and sportswear designer Saul Nash.

Looking elegant in a green dress by British-Canadian designer Edeline Lee, she presented the award at a ceremony showcasing all of the talent support initiatives of the BFC Foundation, a charity run by the British Fashion Council.

Saul, who's also a choreographer, was recognised for his “innovative take on design,” and “developing new materials while actively pioneering a new frontier within the industry”

The British-Guyanan designer collaborated with Knitwear Lab from the Netherlands on high-tech compression pieces made from merino wool.


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