Kate Middleton Overcomes Her Fear of Public Speaking to Make a Rare Address on Mental Health

"My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued, and listened to."

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The Duchess of Cambridge famously admitted that she's terrified of public speaking, but she got over it to deliver an important address on children's mental health in London on Wednesday.

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"I know that I was lucky," she said to a group of school officials at the Place2BE Headteacher Conference. "My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued, and listened to. But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges. I am sure you will agree that all children deserve time, attention and love from the adults in their lives. These basic qualities are so much more valuable than the always-changing material and social concerns that can seem so important to young people."

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The Mirror reports that the speech, which you can watch below, was her longest to date.

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