Kate Middleton is often seen (and wondered over) but seldom heard. But today is one of those rare, precious times when the Duchess of Cambridge is not only speaking on camera, but speaking at length. In a new video for the British mental health organization Heads Together (and capping off a week of Prince William and Prince Harry advocating for the cause ahead of the London Marathon this weekend), Kate, Prince William, and Prince Harry sit on what appears to be a park bench at Kensington Palace and have a shockingly deep, roughly 6-minute conversation about their emotions, parenting, and Princess Diana’s death.
It may be closest thing we’ll ever get to a royal reality show—and the most we’ve ever heard Kate Middleton speak at a stretch. In a casual striped tee—and an impeccable Pantene-commercial blowout, obviously—Kate guides the conversation, at one point turning to her husband to ask him about the “emotional changes that even you’ve gone through” since becoming a dad.
“Having a child, particularly your first child, is such a life-changing moment, nothing can really prepare you for that,” she says. “Remember the first few days with little George? You have no idea, really, what you are doing, no matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it.” She goes on to reminisce about the difficulty about the royal family’s early days with George—yes, even the goddess Kate Middleton finds motherhood challenging! “Do you remember up in Anglesey” (Wales, where William was serving in the Royal Air Force; yes, of course we all remember). ”We’d had our couple weeks of family support and you were keen to get back to your work and I was, ‘Yeah, I’ll come with you,’ so we scooted off back to Anglesey with George. Those first few weeks were—” William chimes in with the answer: “—a steep learning curve.”
Later, after Prince Harry brings up Princess Diana’s death—earlier this week, he opened up about “shutting down all of my emotions” after losing his mother in 1997— Kate praises her husband and brother-in-law for their emotional strength in what feels like as personal a moment as possible, within the confines of a preplanned on-camera chat.
“Considering everything that you boys, obviously, sadly went through, the trauma that you experienced,” Kate says, “I do think it’s incredible how strong and how you’ve been and how you’ve been able to cope . . . I put that down to the relationship you’ve got. You’re amazingly close.” (Thing we learned today: Kate refers to the princes as “boys.”) William’s reply is equally tender: “We have been brought closer because of the circumstances,” he says of his brother. “We are uniquely bonded.”
Watch for yourself for this rare glimpse into the royals talking through their emotions. And try not to be too distracted by the subtitles. Note to the surely well-meaning producers: We can all understand “refined British.”
Source: VOUGUE COM
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