PUBLISHED: 18:08, Tue, Oct 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:09, Tue, Oct 6, 2020
Kate and William have become exemplary royals over recent years, and appear to have toed the line of political neutrality expected from the constitutional monarchy perfectly. Although the Queen has developed a reputation as one of the world’s greatest diplomats, her son and heir Prince Charles was thought of as a “meddling” Prince of Wales. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have caused a stir in recent months, too, by making speeches about the upcoming US election and encouraging voters to hit the ballot box.
Despite their image as the ideal royals, Kate and William have actually dipped into some political commentary in the past as well.
Back in 2016, Kate wrote an article to honour the launch of Young Minds Matter, addressing the politically charged issue of juvenile mental health.
She wrote: “The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health.”
She pushed for “schools and communities to play their full role to help children who are struggling in ways that are not always easy to see".
Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Getty)
Prince William's speech in 2016 was accused of commenting on the EU (Image: Getty)
Commentator Tom Sykes noted: “Given that Kate has up till now maintained an almost total silence on, well, pretty much everything, this is a powerful, full-throated intervention into the public arena on some pretty hot public policy.”
He also pointed out that while it may seem like the piece was “a new charitable drive”, rather than a Government attack, the Palace will know that her words “will be used” by campaigners.
Mr Sykes remarked: “The big issue, of course, is public funding of these [mental health] services, and Kate again took square aim at this in her piece.”
In her article in the Huffington Post, Kate noted: “When families are short of time or money it is not always easy to know where to look for help or advice.”
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Kate and William are regularly seen as exemplary royals (Image: Getty)