Kate Middleton and Prince William visit crisis centre after launching Shout messaging helpline


KATE Middleton and Prince William today stepped out together to meet volunteers at their Shout messaging helpline.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge beamed as they arrived at the celebration event at the Troubadour White City Theatre.

Kate Middleton grins as she arrives to meet volunteers
The Duchess of Cambridge looked stylish in burgundy trousers and monochrome jacket
The Duchess of Cambridge looked stylish in burgundy trousers and monochrome jacket

Kate, 37, looked stylish in an autumnal outfit including burgundy Joseph trousers paired with a black and white patterned Smythe jacket and black pumps.

The couple launched the mental health text line in May with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The once-dubbed “Fab Four” joined together in the initiative amid speculation of a rift between the Cambridges and Sussexes.

Prince Harry even admitted he and brother William were “on different paths” and had “good days and bad days”.

The couples were seen over the weekend at their first official event together since June, attending the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

But Harry, 35, and wife Meghan, 38, were not at today’s volunteer launch.

Since the charity launched in May this year, 1,500 volunteers have had 145,000 text conversations with people in crisis, exchanging a total of six million messages.

Six months ago, to mark the charity’s official opening, William and Kate, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, appealed to the public to give their time to the charity, and since then more than 13,000 people have registered an interest.

Since its founding, 75 per cent of people who have contacted Shout have been under 25 and the most common issues raised are suicide, depression, relationships, anxiety, isolation and self-harm.

On shift, volunteers access the service from computers in their own homes, so the event will provide an opportunity to meet other people giving their time to the charity.

Operating 24/7, the service connects people in need to trained volunteers, who help them move from a moment of crisis to a calm state, and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support.

The launch of Shout in the UK is a result of the commitment made by the royal couples, during their Heads Together campaign, to support conversations on mental health.

Prince William has long been a strong advocate for mental health, and two years ago he created the charity Heads Together with Kate and Prince Harry.