Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive in West Midlands for mental health visits


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tried their hand at planting flowerpots and playing table tennis on a visit to a youth charity in Wolverhampton today. 

Kate, 39, looked elegant in a polka dot blouse and wide-leg trousers for the visit to The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, where they heard about the work the organisation does to support children and young people. 

During the visit, Prince William, 38, showed off his football schools by doing keepy uppies and jokingly blamed his shoes when he failed to keep control of the ball. 

Meanwhile the Duchess of Cambridge beamed as giggles as she showed off her gardening skills at a pot plant station.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carrying out a number of engagements in the West Midlands today as part of their efforts to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.  

The outing comes as Prince Harry compared his life to ‘The Truman Show’ and said he feels like an animal in a zoo in an interview with Hollywood podcast host Dax Shepard.  

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, 39, looked elegant in a polka dot blouse and black trousers as she arrived with William at The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, to learn more about the work the organisation does supporting children and young people.

The Duchess of Cambridge today

Kate, 39, looked elegant in a polka dot blouse and black trousers as she arrived with William at The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, to learn more about the work the organisation does supporting children and young people

Sporty Kate! Duchess looked in her element as she got inolved in a game of table tennis at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone and showed her comptetitive side as she went up against Prince William

Sporty Kate! Duchess looked in her element as she got inolved in a game of table tennis at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone and showed her comptetitive side as she went up against Prince William 

Prince William, 38, showed off his football schools by doing keepy uppies and jokingly blamed his shoes when he failed to keep control of the ball

Prince William, 38, showed off his football schools by doing keepy uppies and jokingly blamed his shoes when he failed to keep control of the ball

Kate, who has made children’s mental health and childhood development the cornerstone of her royal work, wore a Tory Burch blouse and wide-leg trousers for the outing. 

The silk top features polka dots and a cream collar with scalloped edges.  

Typically elegant, the Duchess of Cambridge accessorised with a simple clutch bag, delicate gold drop earrings and a floral face mask. She finished the outfit with a navy blue coat and suede wedges.  

The Duke and Duchess joined a group of young people who use The Way’s services as they took part in a number of wellbeing sessions and met a group of HeadStart ambassadors.  

Tomorrow the couple will lead influential voices from around the world in the Mental Health Minute – a special message broadcast each year to over 20 million people across 500 radio stations.

The initiative, created by Radiocentre and Somethin’ Else, and delivered in partnership with The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will support Shout 85258, the UK’s first free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service. 

Royally green fingers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a gardening session during a visit to The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton

Royally green fingers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a gardening session during a visit to The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton

High spirits: The couple looked relaxed in each other's company as they donned gardening gloves and picked up trowels to do a spot of planting

High spirits: The couple looked relaxed in each other’s company as they donned gardening gloves and picked up trowels to do a spot of planting

The look of love! Kate and William exchanged smiles as they got stuck into a gardening task on their visit to a youth charity in Wolverhampton

The look of love! Kate and William exchanged smiles as they got stuck into a gardening task on their visit to a youth charity in Wolverhampton 

Joking around: The Duke and Duchess couldn't keep the smiles from their faces as they planted the flower pots today

Joking around: The Duke and Duchess couldn’t keep the smiles from their faces as they planted the flower pots today

Beaming! The Duchess of Cambridge smiled widely as she spoke to some of the children who use the charities services

Beaming! The Duchess of Cambridge smiled widely as she spoke to some of the children who use the charities services

In their element: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked thrilled to be spending time with the youngsters today

In their element: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked thrilled to be spending time with the youngsters today

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

Meanwhile Prince Harry poured his heart out to a US mental health podcast where he admitted to hating royal life so much he wanted to quit in his ‘early 20s’ because of his mother’s death and revealed that his Meghan had concluded: ‘You don’t need to be a princess’.  

The Duke of Sussex told Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ show that the couple tried to stay ‘incognito’ during his wife’s first trip to stay with him in London in 2016, where he lived at Kensington Palace, texting items for their shopping list from across food aisles.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat in on a mental wellbeing session during a visit to The Way Youth Zone today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat in on a mental wellbeing session during a visit to The Way Youth Zone today

Open discussion: Prince William and Kate Middleton kept their masks on as they heard more about the charity's work

Open discussion: Prince William and Kate Middleton kept their masks on as they heard more about the charity’s work

Harry also compared his life as a mixture of The Truman Show – when Jim Carrey’s character discovers his life is a TV show – and being an animal at the zoo as he discussed his mental health and listeners insisted he is developing an american twang to his British accent.

When asked if he felt ‘in a cage’ while in royal duties, he said: ‘It’s the job right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it. I was in my early twenties and I was thinking I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum, how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it’s going to happen again’.

He added: ‘I’ve seen behind the curtain, I’ve seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don’t want to be part of this’, before revealing he had therapy after meeting Meghan, which ‘burst’ a bubble and he decided to ‘stop complaining’.



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