Kate Middleton made her first solo appearance this week since announcing in September she was expecting her third child with Prince William. Kensington Palace did not announce the private meeting in advance, but the Palace Twitter account shared a picture and wrote that the Duchess wants to understand the issue of maternal mental health and the support available. Did this meeting hint that Middleton wants a more serious role after having baby number three?
Vanity Fair reports that the Duchess hosted the roundtable discussion along with the Royal Foundation and participated in discussions about the impact of maternal mental health on the family. She spoke with both academics and practitioners from different organizations including Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Anna Freud Centre, Family Action, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Kings College and Best Beginnings.
The Duchess of Cambridge today hosted a roundtable discussion on maternal mental health at Kensington Palace with The Royal Foundation. pic.twitter.com/LFMzAhpvSu
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 1, 2017
According to Hello Magazine, Middleton has spoken in the past about the challenges she faced as a new mother that left her lacking confidence. And, In Style reports that 20 percent of women deal with mental health problems during or within one year of pregnancy.
In addition to mental health challenges, the Duchess has also dealt with physical ones during her pregnancy. Because she was suffering from severe morning sickness, Kate Middleton was forced to cancel multiple public appearances over the past few weeks. But now she seems to be feeling well enough to perform her Royal duties and has started to fill up her fall schedule.
She will be attending a gala for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families at Kensington Palace next week and will also make an appearance at Place2Be. She has also planned a visit to Hornsey Road Children’s Centre where she will learn about “valuable family and parental support services.”
Earlier this week she also took part in a Tennis for Kids event at the Lawn Tennis Association, and the appearance marked the first time Catherine Quinn accompanied her as her new private secretary.
Many Royal watchers think that hiring Quinn means Middleton is ready for a more serious role in the family’s charitable work since Quinn is the former COO of Oxford’s Said Business School and has a plethora of philanthropic experience.