Royals

Fighting fit: Duchess Kate dons boxing gloves for mental health campaign

The stylish royal threw a few punches alongside husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry at the launch of ‘Heads Together’ mental health campaign
Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge proved she wasn’t afraid to throw a few punches in the name of a good cause yesterday, as the stylish royal tried her hand at boxing at the launch of a new mental health campaign.

Kate was joined by her husband Prince William and Prince Harry at the event, which saw seven mental health charities come together to launch ‘Heads Together’, an initiative aimed at ending the stigma around mental health.

The mum-of-two – dressed in a high-waisted patterned skirt and chic white blouse – showed off her punching skills with the help of world champion boxer Duke McKenzie MBE, who revealed the royal had “a mean right jab” afterwards.

Not to be outdone, the two Princes gamely took a turn as well, gladly going a few rounds with Duke at the event.

“Harry was giving me the eye and I think Harry wanted to take me out but I had to let him know who the real Duke was,” the champion boxer joked.

“He was loving every minute of it. A really genuine guy,” he told the Daily Mail.

See more photos of the royals at the Heads Together launch here

Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry are pictured arriving at the Heads Together launch at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Photo: Getty

Prince William, Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry share a laugh as they walk into the venue. Photo: Getty

Kate was dressed up for the occasion in a printed Banana Republic skirt and white blouse by London brand Goat. Photo: Getty

The royals were at the event to promote the launch of ‘Heads Together’, a new campaign aiming to end the stigma around mental health. Photo: Getty

Harry and Kate are pictured outside the venue. Photo: Getty

Harry has a go on the decks at the event. Photo: Getty

The royal also tried his hand at boxing, throwing a few punches with world champion boxer Duke McKenzie. Photo: Getty

Poor Harry looks all tired out after his boxing bout! Photo: Getty

Kate also stepped up to try out her skills with Duke. Photo: Getty

The champion boxer later revealed the Duchess had “a mean right jab”. Photo: Getty

The royal looked to be having plenty of fun as she sparred with Duke. Photo: Getty

Loading the player…

Prince William also got a turn to duke it out. Photo: Getty

The royal gamely gave it all he had! Photo: Getty

The trio also delivered a speech at the launch, where they spoke about the importance of changing the conversation around mental health. Photo: Getty

Kate plays with nine-year-old Eliana Bayan at the launch. Photo: Getty

Related stories


Get Woman’s Day home delivered!  

Subscribe and save up to 29% on a magazine subscription.