Usually an excuse to get out of lessons is a cause for celebration, but today school children looked a little underwhelmed as they sat down for a discussion on mental health with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple were attending the Children’s Global Media Summit at BBC’s Bridge House in Media City, Salford this morning and took part in a ‘Stepping Out’ session with young people from The Friars Primary School, during which they talk about mental health and how it affects them or how they try to cope with it to help inform TV programming.
Despite the presence of royalty one young girl appeared somewhat bored during the session as she rubbed her eyes during a chat with Prince William. Meanwhile, an animated Kate chatted to another group of youngsters who didn’t seem to share quite the same enthusiasm.
The visit was in stark contrast to the frenzy surrounding Meghan Markle’s first royal engagement last week when she visited Nottingham with Prince Harry.
Harry and his beaming bride-to-be, 36, completely charmed the crowd, sharing countless handshakes, high-fives, hugs with wellwishers from crowds five-deep chanting their names.
he couple began today’s visit by attending a ‘stepping out’ session – a focus group for children to give feedback on new programmes to children’s TV producers and editorial staff.
They met BBC director general Tony Hall, chief adviser of BBC Sport Neil Land and the director of BBC Children’s Alice Webb as they arrived at the offices.
The royal couple then joined children from Friars Primary School in Salford who had watched a film created by 14-year-old Josh Gale for Newsround about developing obsessive compulsive disorder.
In a question and answer session with the children, Josh explained he had told his father about his mental health problems.
He said: ‘It was metaphorically and physically like a weight off my shoulders. I was wanting to tell someone but I thought no-one would understand.’
William told the children: ‘You’re much better than the adults at questions. Very good questions.’
Before going to the summit, the Duke and Duchess will speak to schoolchildren taking part in a focus group, called a ‘stepping out’ session, where they can give editorial staff and content producers from children’s television their views on new programmes.
It’s been a busy week so far for the couple who last night attended a glittering reception at Buckingham Palace.
The white tie Diplomatic Reception is the main social event of the year in London for the diplomatic community and reflects the Queen’s importance in terms of the UK’s international relations.
For the occasion the Duchess wore the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara a piece beloved by William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales
The pregnant mother-of-two appeared to be wearing a white silk gown which featured inticate embellishment around the neckline off-set by an elegant diamond necklace.