Kate Middleton’s public speech: The Duchess talks about her “wonderful and secure childhood”

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, stepped out at the Place2Be Headteacher Conference on Wednesday, November 18, in London, where she gave a three and a half minute speech about putting the basis of a healthy development for children.

At the conference, titled “My Head Is Too Full”, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, offered an insight into her childhood and explained how a “strong foundation” can be built for children’s future.

“I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children,” the Duchess said. “I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours.”

“I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued, and listened to,” she continued.

“But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.”

During her speech, Kate, 33, highlighted some necessary attributes that children need in their life, such as “time, attention and love from the adults in their lives.”

Kate concluded that problems which surface later in life can be avoided if kids are properly taken care of during their childhood.

“Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved – we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation,” the royal mother-of-two added.

Watch the Duchess of Cambridge’s speech below.


Duchess Kate, who is a Royal Patron of children’s mental health charity Place2Be, has been dedicated lately to the battle against the stigma surrounding young people’s mental health.