Earlier this week, Kate Middleton was spotted visiting Shout, a mental health service that Meghan Markle, Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry helped set up before the youngest royal and his wife took off to California.
"It was one the first mental health initiatives that the so-called royal 'Fab Four' championed together. Long before the anyone knew that there were tensions between them, the two couples – William and Kate and Harry and Meghan — backed the 24/7 text messaging mental action group, Shout, with £3 million hard cash from their then joint Foundation," royal biographer Robert Jobson told The Mirror.
"But those close to the royals knew that discontent it was simmering below the surface," he continued. "Back in November 2018, Meghan and Harry made a surprise visit to meet a group of Shout’s trained volunteers — offering a free, anonymous service connects people experiencing a 'tough moment.' Together the four of them invested £3 million from their then joint Foundation to launch it. A lot has happened since then, much of it irreparable. Meghan and Harry accused the royal family of harboring a racist, but chose not to identify them. Meghan, in the same Oprah Winfrey interview, stated being a working royal had made her feel suicidal."
Despite the drama, the 40-year-old looked like she had a great time interacting and listening to others.
"When Kate turned up at Shout’s Notting Hill office on Wednesday to mark their millionth text, she was relaxed and very well informed," Jobson, who was on site, said. "She put everyone she met at ease, asked all the right questions, talked about difficult issues such as people struggling with family relationships, depression and suicide, without turning the entire visit gloomy. She seemed genuinely surprised when Mark Ungless, 49, a digital analyst, told her that 8 percent of the texters with suicidal thoughts came from children as young as 13 or younger between 10 p.m. and midnight."
"The fact that Shout is available 24/7 was crucial Kate noted, because it gave young people in particular a chance to reach out anonymously and were provided with instant support," he added.