Prince William has opened up about his hopes for his two children, three-year-old Prince George and one-year-old Princess Charlotte in their future school lives, revealing that he wants the pair of them to be "emotionally supported" when they begin school.
Writing in a blog post, the 34-year-old addressed how beginning school can be unsettling for children while illuminating how the Heads Together charity campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health, can help. He said: "The truth is, for many young people, changing schools or starting a new academic year is really difficult to deal with.
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Prince William opened up about what he wanted for his children
"Catherine and I have young children who will be going through this themselves in a short period of time, and like all parents we will want to make sure that our children are not just able to achieve their academic potential at school but are also happy and emotionally
The Prince, who is planning on visiting Stewarts Academy in Harlow, Essex with Kate to promote the campaign, also wrote about how "feeling down" is not "something to be ashamed of," and how the charity intends to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in children.
He said: "If we could end the old-fashioned idea that feeling down is something to be ashamed of, something that you shouldn't burden others with, we would make our society a much happier and healthier place.
The proud father-of-two is supporting the Heads Together campaign
"By encouraging children to talk and to get support, we could stop these feelings developing into more serious problems that continue into adulthood…The sooner children learn in life that asking for help is okay, the better. It better equips us for adulthood - just as much as good academic results."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been passionate about the campaign since its launch in May, and have undertaken several official duties along with Prince Harry to promote its cause.