Duchess Kate gets personal in video selfie to promote Children's Mental Health Week

Duchess Kate leaned personal in her new video selfie, shot to promote Children’s Mental Health Week in the U.K.

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Donning a dark knit cap and a puffer jacket in the footage filmed at arm’s length, the mother of three young royals encouraged parents to look out for themselves during the pandemic, as well as their children. The video was shared Sunday to Prince William and Kate’s official Kensington Royals account on Instagram.

“While this is Children's Mental Health Week, there has never been a more important time to talk about parental well-being and mental health, too,” Kate Middleton said. “Last year, you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritize.

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"This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself, too,” she said. "Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to, because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.”

The theme of this year’s initiative is “all about expressing yourself” and finding creative ways for children and adults?to?share “thoughts, ideas and feelings,” she said. "So whether that’s through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry, it’s finding those things that make you?feel good about yourself.”

The duchess has spoken throughout the pandemic about the struggles she and other parents have faced in lockdown, being both teacher and self-described?hairdresser to Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2?, the latter “much to my children’s horror!”?

“Exhausting,” she summarized homeschooling in one word in a Zoom call last Thursday to discuss the experience with other parents.?

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Duchess Kate gets personal in video selfie to promote Children's Mental Health Week

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