Kate set to continue ‘lifelong project’ for next 40 years to deliver on pivotal change

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The Princess of Wales’s work promoting the importance of early years in the development of children is to be a “lifelong project” according to royal commentators.

“What I love about the work she is doing, especially recently is that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important years.

“But that depends on well-supported parents and caregivers.

“So it had been very interesting to see how she has been raising awareness for that issue because it is not just about supporting the children it is about supporting the people who live with the children every day.”Kate Middleton visits Harvard's Centre on the Developing Child

Kate Middleton visits Harvard’s Centre on the Developing Child (Image: Clarence House)

Kate visited Harvard University to chat to experts in the early years development of children

Kate visited Harvard University to chat to experts in the early years development of children (Image: GETTY)

The Princess visited Harvard University to chat with experts in the early years’ development of children and came armed with a notebook full of handwritten notes.

She spent half an hour with staff from The Centre on the Developing Child – which Kensington Palace described as a “friend” of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, established by the princess.

During the meeting, Kate said: “There is so much amazing work going on and we need to start sharing the learning and science and what can be done better and be improved to help children in the trajectory into adult life.”

She added: “It is frustrating because I’d like to be here for days.”

The Princess also told the researchers: “My interest in early childhood started with the biggest societal challenges, homelessness and addiction, and the importance of how you build resilience with foundations and better mental health for people early on in life.”

Jack Shonkoff, centre director, told the royal: “We appreciate the work the foundation has been doing, it’s a wonderful start.

We want to share our science. We are at the frontiers of the science.”

When Kate left, she went on a walkabout to greet well-wishers, and posed for selfies and received flowers.

Kate, Princess of Wales spent time with staff from The Centre on the Developing Child

Kate, Princess of Wales spent time with staff from The Centre on the Developing Child (Image: GETTY)

William wrote about the thinking behind his award and how he was inspired by President John F Kennedy’s successful “Moonshot” ambition to put a man on the moon.

He said: “We face a challenge as seemingly insurmountable as putting a person on the moon: reversing the damage that has been done to our planet, and putting ourselves on a path toward a more sustainable future.

“Repairing our planet is not going to be easy, but the case for taking action to protect our natural world is undeniable.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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