Prince William and Kate Middleton help a fallen Lord, prove they are real life superheroes
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, are continuously the royal couple of our dreams. They’re loving parents dedicated to breaking down the stigmas around mental illness, and now they’re also rushing to the aid of dignitaries who fall down.
ABC News reports that today, the couple attended a school event in Harlow, Essex, and were greeting a small crowd of people. Then, 77-year-old Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex and the Queen’s representative in Essex, Jonathan Douglas-Hughes, fell backward onto the pavement. A video shows Prince William and Princess Kate both gasp in surprise for a moment before rushing to the man’s aid.
In the video, several people grasp Douglas-Hughes and pop him back onto his feet; Prince William then touches his arm a couple of times, clearly still concerned. Luckily, Douglas-Hughes appears uninjured, he seems to dismiss the couple’s apprehension with a good-natured wave.
The royal couple were in Harlow to visit Stewards Academy to bring attention to the many challenges a young person can encounter when they go back to school. William even admitted that it was “terrifying” to return to school after summer holidays.
Said Prince William, “Catherine, Harry and I have decided that we can use our positions to make a difference on the subject of mental health. It should not be a taboo subject in the year 2016.
After all, that’s the mission of Heads Together, the foundation started by the pair, and Prince Harry. In a blog post on its website, Prince William wrote:
“The truth is, for many young people, the changing schools or starting a new academic year is really difficult to deal with ... All of us who are adults remember how daunting it was. But we sometimes take it for granted that children will be able to cope with the change.
During the visit, they told the students at Stewards Academy that they’re not alone, and that it’s perfectly okay to feel overwhelmed and ask for help. Coming from royalty, that message is especially powerful. Said Prince William,
“By encouraging children to talk and to get support we could stop these feelings developing into more serious problems that continue into adulthood."
Today pretty much proves that whether they’re picking up a fallen dignitary, or advocating for support systems for children, Prince William and Princess Kate are real life superheroes.