Published On: Sun, Apr 24th, 2016

Royally good sports! Kate and William get the giggles as they joke around with Prince Harry to support mental health campaigners running the marathon


Royally good sports! Kate and William get the giggles as they joke around with Prince Harry to support mental health campaigners running the marathon

  • Royals are supporting Heads Together mental health charity campaign 
  • Filmed video with marathon runners at Kensington Palace 
  • Couldn’t contain their laughter as they posed in sport headbands 
  • Tried to take a serious picture but Kate dissolved into giggles  

The close bond between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is touchingly evident as the trio joke around in a new video, released to support London Marathon runners.

The three young royals couldn’t stop giggling as they posed wearing blue Heads Together headbands, and couldn’t keep straight faces for long enough to do a serious photo.

The Heads Together campaign is the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year and aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing in partnership with various mental health charities including Place 2 Be of which the Duchess is patron.

Filmed in the garden of Kensington Palace, the video has been released to support the Heads Together runners completing today’s London Marathon.

Leading the campaign together will be the biggest single project that William, Kate and Harry have undertaken together.

It will be a partnership with charities with experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing help for people with mental health challenges.

Some of the competitors were filmed going for a run around the grounds, while Prince Harry even joined in the sporting action by racing with some of the schoolchildren supported by the charities involved in Heads Together.

The three all donned blue Heads Together bands, and joker Prince Harry made sure to capture a photo of his brother William on his phone.

Prince William looked slightly underwhelmed by the result, but Harry seemed pleased if his laughter was by anything to go by.

The close trio lined up for an official photo in their headbands, and William told the others: ‘Let’s do a serious one.’

They managed a grave-looking pose for seconds before dissolving into fits of giggles.

A second attempt didn’t go much better with Kate in particular struggling to maintain a straight face.

The Duchess who is known for her commitment to raising awareness of mental wellbeing problems in young people said in the video: ‘Mental health is just as important as physical health.’

She opted for a dressed-down look for the film, wearing a breton top and skinny jeans.

Prince Harry added: ‘We can all play our part by talking and listening to each other and helping each other find support.’

And William concluded: ‘Let’s get our heads together and change the conversation on mental health.’

The video was filmed in the gardens at Kensington Palace three days ago, but was released today in support of London marathon runners who are completing the 26-mile challenge.

It’s been a busy few days for the young royals who welcomed Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for an informal dinner at Kensington Palace on Friday night.

And William and Kate have just returned from a seven day official visit to India and Bhutan where they met figureheads including the Indian Prime Minister and the King and Queen of Bhutan.

So a chance to lark around the gardens at Kensington Palace was not doubt a welcome spot of fun in their busy schedules.

 A spokesman for William, Kate and Harry said: ‘Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, their royal highnesses have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

‘They are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue.

‘Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health.

‘This fear of prejudice and judgment stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. They want to help change the national conversation.’

The spokesman said the three are ‘incredibly grateful to be working with charities who have achieved so much in the fight against the stigma that surrounds the issue’.

He added: ‘They want the Heads Together campaign to build on the great work that is already being done across the country so that prejudice and fear no longer stand in the way of people getting the help they need.

‘They want people to feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.’

The team of charity partners working on Heads Together includes Best Beginnings, CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, Contact (a military mental health coalition), Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and YoungMinds.

Prince Harry also lent his support to youngsters who took part in the Mini London Marathon this morning, posing with the winners who proudly showed off their trophies and medals after completing the three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17.

The royal is Patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, and will present trophies to the top three elites and IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup racers later today.


News Source DailyMail

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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