Prince William has candidly admitted that he ‘worries’ for young women these days, while speaking about mental health at a school assembly this week.
The royal made a surprise appearance at Burlington Danes Academy, a London school, where he spoke during the assembly about the royals’ Heads Together campaign.
But it was afterwards while speaking with students Samara Hackett-Valton and Sophie Crowder, both 15, that the Prince admitted he has real concerns about the affect body image online has on young women.
“I worry for you girls,” he said, according to People.
“The touched-up pictures are not real. Don’t try to recreate them or think that’s what you’ve got to aim for. There’s a lot of fakeness online so don’t worry about that.
“It’s a lot of pressure. There’s so many things going on. You’re going to be bamboozled.”
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The soon-to-be dad-of-three was joined onstage by British rapper Professor Green, who has helped in the royals’ in their mental health campaign.
After the assembly, The Duke and @professorgreen spoke to pupils who've taken part in workshops focused on the issue of cyberbullying, which use the Stop Speak Support lesson plan developed by @NSPCC, @ABAonline & @DianaAward. pic.twitter.com/lvWfpOUJc5— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 8, 2018
Speaking on stage, William urged young people not to be ‘bystanders’ when their friends appear to be struggling, and look to support each other.
His advice around mental healthy was simple.
“Don’t spend all day online. Seriously, don’t,” he told the 250 students gathered.
“For your mental health, get outside, come away from the screen. By all means, be on a screen but don’t be on it all day because it will only bring you into another world. It’s important that you balance the time.”
The appearance comes four days after Kate Middleton shared an emotional plea during Children’s Mental Health Week.
In a video message, the Duchess encouraged children “to be comfortable in their own skin.”
She also called for parents and teachers to “give children the emotional strength” they need to “fulfil their true potential”.
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