Kate Middleton to Make a Rare TV Appearance during Children’s Mental Health Week
The Duchess of Cambridge will mark Children’s Mental Health Week by reading a special bedtime story on TV. The surprise announcement has gotten royal fans all over the world thrilled to see the Duchess exercising her motherly aspect for the benefit of children.
Kate Middleton to Appear on a Special Edition of “CBeebies Bedtime Stories”
Kate, 40, will be making an appearance during a special edition of “CBeebies Bedtime Stories” to read a book for children. The mom-of-three has had years of practice reading bedtime stories to her children, so it would just be taking what she does in her children’s bedroom to the small screen.
Reese Witherspoon, Ed Sheeran and Ryan Reynolds have all made appearances in the popular BBC show. The British children’s program aims to feature a new celebrity reading a bedtime story each week.
Duchess Kate’s appearance on the show is tied to Children’s Mental Health week, which kicked off on Monday, Feb. 7, and for that she has chosen a story that talks about overcoming one’s fears. The episode, which will air on Sunday, Feb. 13, will see the Duchess reading “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark” by Jill Tomlinson.
In a promo shoot, the royal smiled on the set of the show dressed in casual jeans and a warm sweater. The background of the snap features a half-hidden shining star, a few stuffed animals including an owl, with the Duchess sitting at the center of it all on a blanket.
The classic children’s book follows this year’s Children’s Mental Health theme: “Growing Together”. The story follows a baby barn owl named Plop, who is frightened of the dark, but he receives help from others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.
In a statement, Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, said: “I couldn’t be more proud to have The Duchess read a CBeebies Bedtime Story as we mark the 20th anniversary of our CBeebies and CBBC channels. It’s such a special and relevant tale and perfectly represents this years’ Children’s Mental Health Week theme. I can’t wait to see her deliver her own take on such a classic story and I’m sure our audience can’t either.”
Kate Middleton on Supporting Children’s Mental Wellbeing
The royal mom has always supported children’s mental well-being and is the patron of mental health charity Place2Be.
Last year, the Duchess launched a new program “Early Childhood”, which will see that five year olds and under grow up with the necessary tools and mindset to help them deal with tough circumstances down the road.
The initiative is Kate’s passion project and earlier this year, she announced the development of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, a part of the charitable arm she shares with husband Prince William.
Later this month, Kate will be traveling to Denmark to highlight her foundation. During the two days, Kate will learn more about progress in the field about how things are done in the country, as a form of research for her Early Years project.
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