The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton recently appeared online with the longest speech ever made by her. In the clip released by The Royal Foundation, the duchess talked about The Forum on The Early Years which an initiative run by her for the welfare of children and parents in the first five years from birth. It is one of the very few individual roles that the duchess has taken upon herself. Here are five things she spoke about in her keynote speech:
“Parenthood is not a prerequisite for understanding the importance of the early years. “
Duchess of Cambridge explained that she doesn’t only care about the early years initiative because she is a mother of three. She said expecting just the parents to take interest in this matter is underestimating the huge role others can play in ” shaping the most formative years”.
“Early years are not just about now. We raise the next generation of adults. They are about the society we will become. “
Further, she elaborated on the consequences of a good and bad childhood. She talked about how people from all walks of life are dealing with issues like homelessness, addiction and poor mental health all which stemmed in a difficult childhood. Coming back to the point, she pressed on how by paying attention to the first years can help us shape better futures. She also brought in scientific figures to support her point.
“I believe the early years should be on par with other great social challenges and opportunities of our times next year we will announce ambitious plans to support this objective.”
The Duchess while promising to announce ‘ambitious’ plans next year shared the key insights of the early years’ report. It is focussed on the wellbeing of parents and their mental health. The root of why most parents feel judged and what be the better way to support the parents who are unable to “prioritise their own wellbeing.”
“We must do all we can to tackle these issues and to elevate the importance of early years so that together we can build a more nurturing society,”Â the duchess said.
“What you do isn’t for the quick win, it is for the big win.”
Ending her speech on a grateful note, Kate Middleton thanked not just the parents and caregivers but also the ones who support them. She said,”Thank you to all those working to support all these families and children.”
“Only by working together can we bring lasting change for the generations to come because I truly believe big change starts small.”
Like all great speeches, Kate Middleton left the listeners feeling inspired.