The Prince and Princess of Wales have commemorated World Mental Health Day by recording a special programme with BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat.
Newsbeat – a youth-focused news programme – invited the William and Kate to lead a discussion along with campaigners and experts in the field of mental health.
“Newsbeat will sound slightly different,” teases Princess Catherine during a pre-recorded segment of the show, revealing the royal couple’s plan to take over the radio on Tuesday at 12.45pm.
“As part of World Mental Health Day, Catherine and I have recorded a special programme, taking over the radio to talk about the importance of mental health,” chimes in Prince William.
In a segment of the programme released to the public, William shares: “A toolbox is quite a useful analogy to use. A lot of people don’t realise what they need until it comes along.
“You can be living one life one minute and something massively changes, and you realise you don’t necessarily have the tools or the experience to be able to tackle that.”
“There’s no right or wrong, different things will work for different people,” continues Kate.
Aled Haydn Jones, head of BBC Radio 1, shares his experience working with the royals: “It’s been fantastic to welcome The Prince and Princess of Wales back to our studios to discuss something that is so close to both their and our audience’s hearts.
“What was discussed today will resonate with so many of our listeners and it means so much to us that we can all work together to help tackle the stigma around this issue.”
This announcement comes after the royal couple’s visit to Northern Ireland last week, which featured a number of engagements with a selection of cross-community organisations which offer support to many people from a variety of backgrounds.
During a visit to an outdoor market in the centre of Belfast, the heir-to-the-throne and his wife took part in a cocktail-making race, a contest which William won!