Sunday 22 October 2017

Kate Middleton goes casual in skinny jeans and trainers as she praises 'brilliant' Prince Harry

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge hosts a reception for runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge hosts a reception for runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Prince Harry meets a mother and her young child as he officially opens the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at ExCel on April 19, 2017 in London, England
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive to attend the launch of Heads Together Campaign at Olympic Park on May 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry meets a mother and her young child as he officially opens the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at ExCel on April 19, 2017 in London, England
Prince Harry is helped by a young girl to officially open the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at ExCel on April 19, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and Prince Harry seen leaving after a briefing to announce plans for Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at ICA on January 17, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, together with runner Alex Stanley, puts a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box ahead of a reception for Team Heads Together, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
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Kate Middleton has proven that even the best dressed woman in the world needs an off day with trainers and jeans.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is often hailed as the world's most influential style icon, threw the nude court shoes to the side as she hosted an event for runners of Team Heads Together who will be competing in the London Marathon on Wednesday.

She opted for a pair of black skinny jeans and white runners by Superga, which retail for only €55, but her striped top by Italian label Luisa Spagnoli had a more princess appropriate price tag of €260.

During the occasion, she paid tribute to her brother-in-law Prince Harry who revealed in an interview with the Daily Telegraph he spent nearly 20 years "not thinking'' about Diana, Princess of Wales' death and eventually got help after two years of "total chaos''.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London

Her words of praise came when she invited a group of London Marathon runners, supporting William, Kate and Harry's Heads Together mental health campaign, to the grounds of her Kensington Palace home to wish them luck.

Primary school headteacher Jamie Maloy brought up the subject of Harry's personal confession, telling his royal host: "What I love is your brother-in-law talking the other day, because it just ignited it.

"Everyone's talking about mental health now because someone who is so famous and so much in the public eye has actually turned around and said something hit me hard - the death of a close loved one.

"And I think people have gone 'good on you, because you could have never mentioned that'."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, together with runner Alex Stanley, puts a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box ahead of a reception for Team Heads Together, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, together with runner Alex Stanley, puts a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box ahead of a reception for Team Heads Together, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London

In response Kate said: "We all felt there was very much a campaign to get everyone talking and have these conversations, (so) we've got to do the same, you know, do the same - so he's been brilliant."

Mr Maloy runs Viking Primary School in Northolt, north-west London which is supported by Heads Together charity partner Place2Be, a leading national children's mental health organisation.

He added that the prince was a "real hero to a lot of people" and Kate agreed saying "absolutely".

William, Kate and Harry's Heads Together initiative has been running for about a year and has been encouraging the public to come forward and speak about their mental health issues or be a sympathetic ear for someone in need.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace on April 19, 2017 in London

The royal trio have been intensifying their campaign in the run-up to the London Marathon, which has made their campaign its official charity, and are hoping the thousands of runners who will be pounding the streets of London on Sunday will be wearing their blue Heads Together headbands.

Earlier Harry handed out headbands when he officially opened the marathon's expo in London's Docklands where runners taking on the 26-mile challenge collected their registration packs.

And in the grounds of the palace Kate put a headband around a Royal Mail post box - with many more due to adorn boxes along the route of the course.

During the event Kate had a heart-to-heart chat about the pressures of motherhood with a Kiss FM DJ who has filmed a video talking about post-natal depression.

Prince Harry is helped by a young girl to officially open the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at ExCel on April 19, 2017 in London, England
Prince Harry is helped by a young girl to officially open the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at ExCel on April 19, 2017 in London, England

The Duchess heard how broadcaster Neev Spencer suffered low periods when she doubted her ability as a mother after her much-longed-for daughter was born last year.

Spencer, who has recorded a Heads Together video chatting with her best friend about post-natal depression, told Kate: "I feel now everyone will see it as something so normal, even for me it kind of nearly went to a really, really dark place, but I managed to scoop myself out."

She said her best friend, who lives in Australia, was the person she turned to for help, with the time difference meaning she was around to offer a sympathetic ear when she had dark periods in the evening.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive to attend the launch of Heads Together Campaign at Olympic Park on May 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive to attend the launch of Heads Together Campaign at Olympic Park on May 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

They also talked about the problems of presenting the "perfect" family image on social media.

The DJ said: "The scary thing about social media sometimes is you put more pressure (on yourself) because you're trying to be this perfect person, and they all look so beautiful and out of a magazine."

Kate agreed with a laugh, saying: "Perfect images of your children, looking perfectly behaved."

But the Duchess had parting words of comfort for the broadcaster, who did not bring her nine-month-old daughter Genevieve to the event as she was teething.

Kate told her "It gets even better and better as they get older, you've got a fun and happy journey ahead of you."

Additional reporting by the Press Association

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