She’s no stranger to sport, but this week Kate Middleton got into the boxing ring to give boxercise a go.
As she launched a campaign to end the stigma around metnal health issues – the mother of two pulled on a pair of boxing gloves and faced off against professional boxer Duke McKenzie.
Attending an event with husband Prince William and brother in law Harry, the Duchess was out to launch their biggest campaign to date about mental health stigma.
Using the Royal Foundation, the three young royals have set up Heads Together, an umbrella organisation that will unite eight of the UK’s leading mental health charities.
And while Kate apparently wasn’t a natural at boxercise, she was also raising awareness for the boxercise classes run by mental health charity Mind around the UK.
Speaking on mental health at the event, Kate told the crowd: “Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of judgement stops people from getting the help they need, which can destroy families and end lives.
"Heads Together wants to help everyone feel much more confident with their everyday mental health, and to have the practical tools to support their friends and family."
Prince Harry, who also spoke at the event, said: “We do not want prejudice and fear to stand in the way of people getting the help they need to cope with life.”
And Prince William urged the public to have more conversations about mental health, in the hope that it will become a normal topic with no stigma.
“By asking for help, by telling a friend we have a problem, by asking someone else how they feel – by having a conversation – we take the first step to feeling better about ourselves – and the first step to being able to cope better with the ups and downs of life. This is relevant to everyone.
"So let's all get our heads together and let's change the conversation, from one of silence and shame to one of optimism and support."
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