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Kate Middleton and Prince William team up with Richard Curtis for a new mental health project – after director’s private meeting with the Duchess at Kensington Palace

  • Duke and Duchess, both 37, helped to launch Heads Together initiative in 2016
  • It encouraged people to talk about their psychological problems and offer an ear
  • Prince William and Kate are contributing to a project Curtis is working on

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are working on a mental health project with Love Actually director Richard Curtis.

William, Kate and the Duke of Sussex launched their Heads Together initiative in 2016 – which encouraged people to talk about their psychological problems or provide a sympathetic ear to someone in need.

Now it is understood the Cambridges are contributing to a project Curtis is working on, but details have yet to be announced.

Curtis, co-founder of Comic Relief, spoke in 2017 about his grief following his sister’s suicide ‘after years of battles’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are working on a mental health project with Richard Curtis. Pictured, arriving for the Easter Mattins Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with screenwriter Richard Curtis as Emma Freud (L) looks on as they attend the "War Horse" UK film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 8, 2012 in London

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with screenwriter Richard Curtis as Emma Freud (L) looks on as they attend the “War Horse” UK film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 8, 2012 in London

Speaking at the Public Health England conference, the director said: ‘I was so privileged and we had so much money and so much access and still couldn’t do anything.

‘I can’t believe what it must be like for someone whose relatives aren’t in that situation and they have nothing.’

In his speech Curtis, who wrote the scripts for the films Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral, suggested more could be done for those with psychological problems, stating at the time there was a lack of resources such as beds.

Kate welcomed the screenwriter and director to her Kensington Palace home on Wednesday, when it is thought they discussed the new initiative.

And it’s not the first time they have met, with the Duchess of Cambridge speaking to the screenwriter at the ‘War Horse’ UK film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 8, 2012 in London.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long been supporters of various mental health charities. 

Director Richard Curtis (Dominic Lipinski/PA) is working on, but details have yet to be announced

Director Richard Curtis (Dominic Lipinski/PA) is working on, but details have yet to be announced

Just last week the Duke of Cambridge visited Hendon FC in London to learn more about the club's mental health outreach initiatives

Just last week the Duke of Cambridge visited Hendon FC in London to learn more about the club’s mental health outreach initiatives

On Tuesday, they joined forced with the Sussexes to encourage followers suffering from mental health issues to seek help.

Kensington Palace unveiled a powerful video to mark World Suicide Prevention Day today – featuring Prince William’s national text crisis service Shout.

The video captured men and woman as they read out heart-wrenching messages like those sent to the service by people in need.

In the short clip, eight men and women shared the stories of people struggling with suicidal thoughts, break ups, depression and self harm.

It came just a day after Prince William revealed he hopes to train as a volunteer counsellor for Shout.

And just last week the father-of-three visited Hendon FC to learn about the club’s mental health outreach initiatives as part of the Heads Up mental health campaign.

The season-long campaign will harness the power of football to encourage more people – particularly men – to feel comfortable talking about their mental health, and feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times.

 

A video posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram account yesterday, captures men and woman as they read out heart-wrenching messages like those sent to Shout by people in need

A video posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram account yesterday, captures men and woman as they read out heart-wrenching messages like those sent to Shout by people in need

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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