Prince William spoke on behalf of his brother and sister-in-law Harry and Meghan after he took the stage during an event he attended this morning with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to the Troubadour White Theatre in London this morning to celebrate the hundreds of volunteers who have joined Shout, helping every day people in crisis. There, he wholeheartedly thanked those who give their time to improve the lives of others also on behalf of Kate, Harry and Meghan.
Prince William said: “It has been an amazing journey.
“Catherine and I, and I know I speak for Harry and Meghan as well, couldn’t be more proud of what Shout has accomplished and what you are still to accomplish.
“You are still a relatively new charity but hitting some big goals and some very big objectives, so we really appreciate the work you are doing.
“As some of you may know, we launched formally earlier this year, we had roughly 15,000 volunteering after the launch, which is a fantastic number.
“We have 3,000 now in training, and 1,500 of you actively involved now.
“Catherine and I were hearing just outside about how many of you wake up at 3am to answer this peak demand sometimes when there are simply not enough volunteers to go around to answer this sad demand that we have at the moment.”
The royal Fab Four launched together an appeal in May, following the birth of Shout, urging people to volunteer to offer their time to the 24/7 service.
Thousands of people registered an interest in volunteering after the Sussexes and Cambridges’ plea.
And to date, hundreds of volunteers help people in crisis offering support via text messages.
Since the charity’s launch, Shout 85258 Crisis’ volunteers have had 145,000 conversations via text with people in crisis, exchanging a total of six million messages.
Shout is particularly important to Meghan, Harry, William and Kate, as it is an initiative born from Heads Together, a project launched by the Duke of Sussex and the Cambridges aiming at changing the conversation surrounding mental health.
During the event attended today by the Cambridges, Kate and William spoke to the parents of Molly Russell, the 14-year-old who took her own life after seeing images of self-harm on social media.
According to a royal source, Prince William “will be supportive” of the Russells as they prepare to launch an attack against social media companies at an inquest into their child’s death.
And today, Molly’s father, Ian Russell, a TV director who worked on William and Kate’s wedding was offered help from Kate and William in person.
During the event, the couple were spotted speaking to Mr Russell.
Prince William told him: “If we can help you in any way, please let us know.”
The Duke has recently hit out at tech giants for their attitude over harmful online content, after convening a taskforce attended by social media giants aiming at fighting cyber-bullying.
In a speech delivered at the BBC, William said: “For too many families, phones and social media shattered the sanctity and protection of the home…
“What I found very quickly was that the sector did not want to own this issue.
“I heard doubts being cast about the scale of the problem.
“I was told that companies were already doing plenty and just needed more credit for it.
“I saw denials about the age of young children on some of our most popular platforms.
“The noise of shareholders, bottom lines and profits is distracting them from the values that made them so successful in the first place.
“They [technology companies] are so proud of what they have built that they cannot hear the growing concern from their users.”
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