With the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dosing the country in Royal Fever, it’s great to see the monarchy use their platform to promote worthwhile causes, rather than get trapped in questions about bridesmaids or what the dress will be like. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have worked with Prince Harry for several years to shine a royal light on issues with mental health in the workplace.
At The Royal Foundation Forum this past February, we got to see the three royals (and one royal-to-be!) prove their commitment to changing mindsets about issues that seem to truly matter to them.
Mental health has a stigma around it which means that many people who suffer from issues are reluctant to seek help, however by giving mental health campaigns a “Royal Gloss”, the cause is backed up from every class within the UK. This royal support to everyday issues like mental health at work does not bring us any closer to a solution but ensures that these problems are not forgotten. Having a member of the royal family use their voice to champion mental health gives the situation in the UK a wider visibility.
The newly nicknamed “Royal Fab 4” have the spotlight on them at all times. Whether you’re a monarchist or not, it is undeniable the fascination about this new generation of the British Royal Family and how they act is unstoppable. We are desperate to know more about them and what they believe in, and so to discover they want to help mental health across all workplaces – Prince Harry’s personal interest in helping members of the military is no secret – earns them a fair bit of respect. In an age of 280 character-thought bubbles and share prices affected by the movements of the Kardashian family, it can be easy to think that those in the public eye enjoy their fame for themselves and forget about the issues that matter. Each of the Royal Fab 4 are proving that it is possible to be in the spotlight and work for change in worthwhile causes.
The Duke of Cambridge recently spoke at the Workplace Wellbeing conference where he discussed how he, his wife and his brother all wanted to ensure the negative perceptions of mental health changed with the campaign “Heads Together”; and that businesses began to show their support for employees. The Duchess’s public engagements regularly involve visiting young children to ensure they are getting the help they need for their mental health, as they grow and learn. Prince Harry is not only the Founder of the Invictus Games but also of working tirelessly to bring to the forefront the struggles that many soldiers face with their mental health, both during service and once they re-join civilian life. The latest member of this team, Meghan Markle, is perhaps the nation’s current favourite. Not born into a title or extortionate wealth, she has been fighting in her activist corner since the tender age of 11 when she called out a washing up liquid advert for blatant sexism. She is also thought to have motivated Prince Harry’s speech in 2017 about his own mental health struggles, proving her passion to improve the accessibility and normalisation of the royals. Naturally we at One Stop Social love her even more because her mother is a social worker!
Together they appear to be a stellar team, reinvigorating the image of the Royal Family with youth, energy and passion to bring about change, not seen since the days of “Diana-mania”. The Heads Together campaign (which Meghan will undoubtedly join once she gains her royal status on 19th May) gives them the opportunity to work with a series of charities surrounding mental health in the UK and establish the support systems we need at work.
They may be some of the closest people to the throne but in reality, they are just William, Kate, Harry and Meghan: four people who want to help make things better.