Kate was joined by husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry as they met with students from the Global Academy in Hayes, west London, to promote their Heads Together mental health initiative. They also met with the founders of the app Mush, which was set up to help new moms who are struggling with loneliness.
And just days after the royal brothers opened up about their own experiences with mental health, Kate opened up about her struggles with motherhood.
After two young mothers admitted to feeling in need of a friend when they had their children, Kate said: “It is lonely at times. You do feel quite isolated.
“But actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you’re going through. But it’s being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out.”
She also made a special connection with 16-year-old Oliver Monger, who joined the school when it opened in September.
He told Kate: “I’ve not really had a problem I’ve needed to talk to someone about, but meeting you is a new thing. I don’t really know how to speak to someone so high. I’m quite shy.”
Kate then said with a smile: “I’m shy as well, so don’t worry.”
Oliver later told reporters about his royal exchange: “That was just fantastic. It has really boosted my confidence. I had no idea what to say at first but she really put me at ease.”
A version of this article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com
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