Expert says ‘times have changed’ with Meghan Markle not in meeting with Kate

Kate Middleton went on a solo visit to a mental health service, Shout, which she set up with Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to celebrate their work and meet with volunteers.

The four set up the texting service for people struggling with their mental health in 2019, a major project the three were passionate about.

But Kate's visit yesterday, The Mirror reports, shows how much things have changed in recent years.

An expert has claimed the visit would have been very different had Harry and Meghan not quit the royal family.

Royal biographer Robert Johnson said there was tension behind the scenes when Shout was first launched.

He explains: "It was one of the first mental health initiatives that the so-called "Fab Four" championed together.

"Long before anyone knew that there were tensions between them, the two couples – William and Kate and Harry and Meghan – backed the 24/7 text messaging mental action group, Shout, with £3 million hard cash from their then joint Foundation.

"But those close to the royals knew that discontent was simmering below the surface.

"Back in November 2018 Meghan and Harry made a surprise visit to meet a group of Shout's trained volunteers – offering a free, anonymous service [that] connects people experiencing a 'tough moment'.".

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He continued: "Together the four of them invested £3 million from their joint Foundation to launch it.

"A lot has happened since then, much of it irreparable.

"Meghan and Harry accused the Royal Family of harbouring a racist, but chose not to identify them, Meghan, in the same Oprah Winfrey interview, stated being a working royal had made her feel suicidal".

Despite the obvious changes that highlighted the shift in power, Robert, who attended the event, said Kate handled the engagement perfectly.

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He said: "When Kate turned up at Shout's Notting Hill office on Wednesday to mark their millionth text, she was relaxed and very well informed.

"She put everyone she met at ease, asked all the right questions, talked about difficult issues such as people struggling with family relationships, and depression and suicide, without turning the entire visit gloomy.

"She seemed genuinely surprised when Mark Ungless, 49, a digital analyst, told her that 8% of the texters with suicidal thoughts came from children as young as 13.

"The fact that Shout is available 24/7 was crucial Kate noted, because it gave young people in particular a chance to reach out anonymously and were provided with instant support".

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