Prince William and Kate Middleton become Radio 1 stars for big reason

Prince William and Kate Middleton tried their hands at radio presenting as they recorded their own Radio 1 Newsbeat for World Mental Health Day

Prince William Kate Middleton radio - Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) laugh as they visit BBC Broadcasting House on November 15, 2018 in London, England.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales are set to take to the radio waves, with their very own Newsbeat programme discussing the ‘importance of mental health’ for Radio 1.


Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking on new roles as radio presenters after the pair record a special version of BBC 1’s Newsbeat for World Mental Health Day.

The couple, who recently delighted royal fans with their whistlestop visit to Ireland (opens in new tab) and tried their hands at cocktail making (opens in new tab), are trying out yet another profession. But instead of bartending, fans will be able to catch them on the radio, with their very own Newsbeat programme where the pair will discuss the importance of mental health.

Ahead of their show, which will be broadcast on October 11th (at 12.45 and 5.45 pm) William and Kate advertised their BBC Radio 1 (opens in new tab) takeover, with Kate teasing that "Newsbeat will sound slightly different".

Prince William then revealed that during their segment, listeners will hear them have "a meaningful conversation about mental health".

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He added, "As part of World Mental Health Day, Catherine and I have recorded a special programme taking over the radio to talk about the importance of mental health.

The programme will also hear the Prince and Princess of Wales discuss resources that can provide support to those struggling with anxiety and depression, as well as ‘toolboxes’ to provide coping skills.

"You could be living one life one minute and something massively changes and you realise you don't necessarily have the tools or the experience to be able to tackle that," Prince William said.

Prince William and Catherine, sitting side by side during a visit to Daystar Evangelical Church on March 26, 2022 in Great Abaco, Bahamas.

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Kate then added, "The first step for all of us is to keep having those conversations and keep reaching out for help." before then telling listeners that she would ‘love to know’ how they manage and cope with their own mental health."

The couple has been longtime advocates for raising awareness of the importance of mental health and have founded and supported a number of mental health charities through their Royal Foundation, including  Mind.org's 'Heads Together' - with Kate also a patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.

William and Kate also launched ‘Shout’ (opens in new tab), a 24/7 text line for those struggling with their Mental Health, alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

You can catch William and Kate on BBC Radio one on Tuesday 11th, October at 12.45 and again at 5.45 pm.