Royal Words

11.18.15 8:20 PM ET

Kate Middleton on Her ‘Loving’ Family

After months without uttering more than a few words in public, Kate Middleton finally speaks at length in public

Did Kate read our piece just the other day wondering why she said so little, and did so so infrequently?

Well, the princess spoke publicly at length today on the subect of child mental health.

Kate—who is believed to have been receiving public speaking and media training recently—was attending an event on behalf of one of her key charities, Place2Be.

In her speech the Duchess said:

“I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children. I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours.

I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to.

“But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.

“I am sure you will agree that all children deserve time, attention and love from the adults in their lives. These basic qualities are so much more valuable than the always changing material and social concerns that can seem so important to young people.

“As today’s theme reminds us, many children—even those from stable, happy homes—are finding that their heads are just too full. It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future.

“Of course, not all children have the anchor of a strong family. Many will arrive through your school gates feeling a real lack of love and devotion in their lives. This often leaves them feeling insecure and without confidence and trust in the world around them. That is why your work is so important.

“Parents, teachers and other school staff need the tools to help these young people early in their lives. And the earlier, the better. It is proven that early action prevents problems later in life.

“Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved—we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation.”

Can an unscripted interview be far away?