Kate Middleton has praised her brother-in-law Prince Harry for speaking publicly about his own mental health problems.
Harry gave a candid interview earlier this week, in which he admitted he almost suffered a breakdown following the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.
The Prince told The Telegraph that he spent 20 years bottling up his emotions, before finally letting it out and seeking counselling.
Kate, who along with her husband Prince William has been promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign – the official charity for this year’s London Marathon – has now spoken highly of her brother-in-law after he was so honest.
On Wednesday, Kate appeared at a reception for runners held at Kensington Palace and was reportedly told by Jamie Maloy, a headteacher at a London school: “What I love is your brother-in-law talking the other day, because that’s just ignited it.
“Everyone’s talking about mental health now because someone who is so famous and so much in the public eye has actually turned around and said something hit me hard – the death of a close loved one.”
According to Daily Mail, Mr Maloy then described Harry as a “hero”, to which she replied: “Absolutely. He’s been brilliant.”
Kate hosted the event and looked radiant, opting for smart black trousers and a striped top from Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli. The Duchess’ hair was styled in its trademark blow-dry and she was photographed chatting to athletes who are running in aid of Heads Together.
DJ Neev Spencer spoke to Kate about her personal battle with postnatal depression and said afterwards: “Kate was just so lovely.”
She added: “I felt comfortable enough to share my experience with her. She was agreeing with me on all the points about how tough being a mum is at the beginning. She must understand from when she had George.”
While at the event, Kate joined one of this year’s entrants and helped wrap a Royal Mail box with a strip of blue-coloured Heads Together branding.
A total of 70 of the iconic mail boxes located along the London marathon route will proudly display the charity’s message on Sunday 23 April.
For more information on Heads Together, visit www.headstogether.org.uk