Duchess Kate has been fascinated by psychology since she was in university


The Duchess of Cambridge visiting a UCL Developmental Neuroscience Lab

Here are more photos from the Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance last Wednesday, when she made a surprise trip to the Psychology and Language Sciences Division of University College London. Kate was highlighting part of one of her causes, which is early childhood development and the mental health of children. The lab she visited studies the effect of language on infants and young children, basically making the scientific argument that it’s good for parents to talk a lot to their kids, from an educational and psychological standpoint. As it turns out, Kate had an interest in psychology when she attended St. Andrews, but she didn’t end up doing much about it:

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed she studied psychology at university, as she discussed the importance of early intervention with vulnerable young children. As well as talking to researchers, led by Prof Eamon McCrory, co-director of the unit, she was shown its MRI scanning facility and was told about the university’s ground-breaking research on how early experiences can shape brain function and development, both socially and emotionally.

She asked: “Is the idea as well that you follow the child you are looking at into adulthood? It would be really fascinating. The research in general, have they [the children and their families] got much understanding of the bigger picture?”

The Duchess said yesterday: “I started off doing psychology at St Andrews, with History of Art.” She added, laughing: “It was a bit full on, but it was really interesting.”

At most Scottish universities students will take three subjects in first and second years before specialising in their final subject. The Duchess said her experience in the MRI suite had been “fascinating”. She was particularly keen to discuss how the research could be translated into practical help for families and the wider community.

“It’s trying to translate the amazing research you are doing here into something that parents can understand,” she remarked. “What do you feel is going to make the difference in this field? Is it increased funding? Is it awareness about the importance of early years intervention?” She added: ‘You hear a lot from people who have addiction in the family: have they any chance at all in being able to change the outcome? When you have got addiction stretching across three generations, can you change what will happen?”

[From The Telegraph]

I don’t completely understand the degree system in the UK, but I believe Kate has the equivalent of, like, a Bachelor’s in Art History. She basically took one or two classes in Psychology to fulfill some requirements for her liberal arts degree. I actually believe that she did have an interest in psychology, but she was probably convinced not to pursue it at university so she could spend more time pursuing William and tailoring her interests to his. But now that she has her MRS degree, she’s still finding some way to pursue an old interest.

The Duchess of Cambridge visiting a UCL Developmental Neuroscience Lab

The Duchess of Cambridge visited a UCL Developmental Neuroscience Lab The Duchess of Cambridge visited Professor Eamon McCrory, Co-Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit in the Psychology & Language Sciences Division at UCL

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. OriginalLala says:

    I am mostly disappointed the telegraph article only used “keen” once!

  2. Anna says:

    Wasn’t she planning on studying psychology at uni – but change tactic to get close to Prince William?

    • Loopy says:

      Damn how did she get so much insider knowledge on him, like where he was going for his gap year, which Uni he would be attending. I am sure at the time of applying it was not public knowledge where he was going. I always wondered was/is William slightly put off on how much she had to have him.

      • Anna says:

        If I remember hearing at the time (and anyone feel free to correct me), it was public knowledge what uni he was going to be at and what he was studying.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        She was on the outskirts of his wider circle and heard through that grapevine about his choice and she switched accordingly. They waited until Williams place on the course was confirmed and applications for the course was closed IIRC.

        She’d had been stalking him from her days at Marlborough. There were several reports from those who studied with her saying how she was obsessed with getting close to him from the moment she arrived on campus.

      • Natalie S says:

        They met before St Andrews through a mutual friend Emilia d’Elanger. If William was open about discussing his plans around his friends, Kate would have know about his gap year and university plans.

      • Lana234 says:

        @loopy didn’t she go volunteer with that charity organization in Chile 6 months before him. I am assuming that palace only announces that sort of thing when he was already in Chile. As for Uni I heard she wasn’t the only girl to transfer when it was announced.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        There’s plenty of evidence that they actually met before university. They already had friends in common and she knew where he was going on his gap year in time to register. The public didn’t find out he where he was going until he was over there. I think the thing people misunderstand is how long this has been Carol’s mission. She married Michael because his father was Prince Phillip’s pilot in South America for three months. I think that’s why I cut Kate some slack in the stalking. I don’t think Carol was very nice to Kate unless she was doing exactly what her mother wanted.

    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      The university thing is actually the best evidence that she stalked him. Everyone, even bookies, thought William would be going to Edinburgh. Kate applied and was accepted there on Early-admission when the announcement about St Andrews was released. She immediately gave up her spot. Her professors have gone on record saying she was all in with Edinburgh and they advised her not to switch because applications to. St Andrews increased dramatically after the announcement and there was no guarantee she’d get in at all. She took a big risk, but I guess it all worked out in the end like she hoped.

  3. Busyann says:

    Im so annoyed with pictures of their hands being spread out. Will and Waity both do it and it’s so awkward. Find something else to do with your hands please!

    • Roux says:

      Her hand display is in body language terms to show openness and honesty but it’s also possibly quite a learnt move. It’s something people often learn when public speaking.

      Maybe I bias since psychology is my field but I think she would have been better served studying that than history of art. She’s looking in the right direction if she wants to make a difference but I wonder how much she actually understands and is interested.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      She also needs a ring guard. She’s gonna lose Diana’s ring.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Jazz hands! Interesting about it indicating openness / being a learned move, but I also see a little Bob Fosse.

      • Roux says:

        Haha yes she does look like she’s going jazz hands. She is exaggerated with it which means it’s probably somewhat practised. Politicians do it to help convince people of what they’re saying, even if they’re lying.

      • Amarah says:

        Duchess of Sussex has been pictured with the jazz hands, too. Meh, I don’t find it annoying.

      • Olenna says:

        They’re spirit fingers, indicating keenness and teamwork.

      • PrincessK says:

        The problem is that she overdoes it. It is not natural to her. Kate should just be herself, if she still knows what that is, poor thing.

    • Vava says:

      I hate all that hand action she and William do.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      She’s had media training, body language is part of what is taught as part of the type of training. I have done some of it and you are taught to your hand movements etc.. to enforce what you are verbally saying etc..

      Like William its forced and its not something that comes natural to either of them, hence why it has that over exaggerated feel to it – same goes for her facial expressions. The top photo is her ‘am engaged and fascinated’ face.

      • Mona says:

        Doesn’t appear as though she was paying attention in body language class lol. Her expressions and hand gestures are so forced and not natural – she should just emulate the queen or Sophie who both appear poised and genuine.

      • PrincessK says:

        Neither of them are people persons, and it is quite obvious they both have to make an effort. They must really dislike public engagements.

  4. Piper says:

    I’ve always appreciated Kate but from afar. The best part was you didn’t need to know much about her or William more than a baby here and event there… she was fine. My only gripe with her this year was she’s dressing SO smart/maturely I’d assume she’s a decade older than her actual age (this outfit is more fitting). Lately, totally disappointed in this keen Kate’s need to grab attention – it’s unnecessary. Doesn’t look good on her and same goes for William. Nonprofit work shouldn’t feel forced or used as a means for her to feel present, Royal. That’s why Kate indoctrinating herself isn’t working and doing so while kicking your SIL in the back is uncharitable. You’re smarter than this.

    • Annie. says:

      The last part of your message doesn’t make any sense.

    • Amarah says:

      The Duchess of Cambridge is back from maternity leave. She hasn’t really been out and about, apart from a handful of events. Will is undertaking more engagements because it’s his full-time job. Their work isn’t a competition or a popularity contest.

    • Lady D says:

      Agree, Piper. it feels forced and without genuine intent.

    • okay then says:

      Should they work or, not work and let the sussexes do everything? Because people complain they are lazy when they don’t work and then they complain that they are trying to steal the sussex spotlight when they do work.

    • notasugarhere says:

      How is an outfit better styled (and length-wise) more appropriate to a 10 year old dressing smartly? This is even too short for Lady Louise.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Of course Kate had an interest in psychology at university, just like basically every single incoming freshman/first year/whatever its called in the UK. I cant tell you how many people at my college started out as either psychology majors or chemistry majors because they were “pre-med” lol. I had to take a psych course because my college had a pretty extensive list of core requirements, and man it was hard. All about vols. LOL.

    And I swear Kaiser, you always find the best pictures of Kate, lol.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Is psychology still the most popular undergraduate major (at least in the USA)? Of course it’s interesting, we love to learn about ourselves, and its difficulty as a course of study is often underestimated. A proper education in behavioral science involves biology (especially neuroscience, sensory/perceptual systems etc. if done right), statistics, research design, and an overdose of sometimes-unsubstantiated theory. Kate’s questions sound so un-informed though. Maybe she should study up a bit more, like go to the Khan Academy website, so her questions can elicit answers that would be more useful to the general public when reported.

      • Mel M says:

        Yeah I started out majoring in psychology and ended up minoring in it, it’s tough. I was way too immature and into the party scene to do all the work to follow it through. I know everyone says a psychology degree is useless when you want to get a job but since my job is being a SAHM I regret not following through.

    • Amarah says:

      No. We don’t have minors and majors here. After college, or the final years of high school (16-18), we study our chosen subject for 3 years at university. Art history and Psychology don’t overlap, so she couldn’t have studied more than a few extra classes if she was interested.

    • LT says:

      Now that I’ve spent 25 years in business, I’m disappointed I never took a course in psychology or finance – both would have served me well!

      Good for Kate for getting back into her interests – anything that brings attention to mental health is good with me.

    • trillian says:

      Everyone loves psychology until they get to the statistics part ;-)

      • MeghanNotMarkle says:

        Stats is where I hit the wall in my sociology degree. Failed twice with a tutor. Even the mere mention of statistics makes my eye twitch.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      No, that doesn’t happen in the UK. No one in the UK studies psychology unless they actively seek out and apply for a psychology course the year before starting university, and psychology isn’t a very common degree course. Psychology is NOT something you take “the odd class” in as part of an overall degree, you only take classes in it if you have actually applied to do a Psychology Degree.

      There’s no such thing as “majors” or “minors” and you don’t take classes in anything except the 1-2 subjects your degree is in. If Kate studied psychology it’s because she originally applied to do BA Psychology and Art History.

  6. ds says:

    It would be cool to see her persue it, I bet that would be an inspiration for many women out there because I do believe it’s never too late to go back to school and get more education, and just imagine the future queen doing it. My friends mom is a surgeon and she moved to Sweden a couple of years ago and said there were many studying to be doctors in their 40′s there – people who knew they wanted to be that, already had experience and was probably easier for them financially to study again. I think it’s admirable. Not saying Kate would do it, but maybe her declaring she’d be keen to do so could also be interesting.

  7. Neverwintersand says:

    These quotes are just empty phrases, that any other adult person says, when they want to appear knowledgeable on the subject they have no clue about, but are embarrassed to admit it. The older i get, the more i have a feeling, that half of human interaction consists of this – just feigning knowledge. Sorry, i’m a bit grumpy today! :)

    • Natalie says:

      Not grumpy, insightful. I, too, thought that those quotes were superficial, not particularly coherent or useful, and furthermore – kind of insulting? I guess she was talking specifically abour addicts? But the twice repeated « what do they need to understand » seemed… unaware? Given how little she seems to understand herself.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That’s the sense I get, too. And they tend to use the same phrases & questions no matter which charity they visit.

    • lobbit says:

      LOL I totally agree that feigning knowledge is a staple of adult interaction – especially in a setting like this one. Although, I felt like her questions were pretty good ones! She showed genuine interest and even managed to reveal a bit about herself.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        I think she did well too. I really wish they would put these quotes into context though. Even if it was just a super quick summary of what they said. That was kind of the point of her being there and asking questions. Instead they’re focusing on her having taken some psych courses in Uni.

    • Honey says:

      I figured her secretary wrote them for her. They are like generic comments non-comments that you write or say with the hopes that no one will ask you a pointed questions based based on those comments non-comments.

  8. AnnaKist says:

    Yawn…whatever. Isn’t everyone interested in psychology? 😑

    • Beth says:

      I thought so. It was the only one I had any interest in and got an A+ in

    • Flan says:

      Well, at least it is ‘an’ interest. I never got the feeling she was interested in anything really.

    • Elisa says:

      Yeah, I actually work at a university offering degree courses in psychology and we have requests from students from all over the world. It’s a hugely popular field…

      • Flan says:

        I think it makes a lot of sense. When you’re in your late teens/early twenties, you still have a lot to figure out about yourself.

    • Busyann says:

      I felt the same way when I was in college. I studied humanties and had a lot of classmates that took courses in my field as electives. It really seemed like everyone started their freshman and sophomore years focusing on psych or criminal justice but by their junior year they had switched to something else….usually sociology.
      I stuck with what I loved and never switched my major, went on to a related graduate program, and actually work in my field.

  9. Alexandria says:

    William and their office should make Kate front sports related causes. They are a better focus for her and she sounds more passionate and looks sincerely keen, rather than here.

    • Elisa says:

      …you are aware that someone specifically selected the above pics? :)

      • Olive says:

        these photos are not dissimilar to photos of kate on any other engagement. she often photographs looking a little manic.

      • Alexandria says:

        I don’t think she looks manic, I think she looks fine in most of her pictures. I used looks but I should have used the word appears. She appears happier and in her element when doing sports related events. If (I used if here cos who really knows) she enjoys those instead, it’s for her and the BRF benefit anyway.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Having her spend more time flirting with Ben Ainslie doesn’t get to be her life focus. They all have to work in all areas.

  10. Wellsie says:

    I actually googled MRS degree, thinking that it was impressive Kate got some kind of additional degree without anyone knowing, then saw the description of what it was. lol.

  11. Chrissy says:

    If she was so fascinated by Psychology, maybe she she have majored in that rather than Art History. She has shown little to no knowledge about art other than maybe aking a few pictures of her kids. But then again, she not only changed the University she was planning to attend, but also only trying to stalk/ throw herself at William while at University. We’ll see how long this “fascination” lasts.

    • Eliza says:

      Art History is about history through the lens of art, it does not teach how to make the art or provide photography lessons.

      I almost switched mid-way to an Art History major so it pains me to see everyone pilling on it as a less than degree.

      • Chrissy says:

        I wasn’t dissing the Art History degree, Eliza. I would love to study more about it. What I was pointing out is that Kate chose that field of study after hearing that William was taking that program. He later changed his focus to the much lighter Geography. I’ve heard that Kate would have changed to Geography as well but missed the deadline. Sorry I was unclear.

      • Eliza says:

        @chrissy that makes sense

  12. Janey says:

    “Duchess counts to 10 whilst visiting University, explains her University education was Prince Catching, minor in waiting”.

  13. Barrett says:

    She would be a great inspiration especially to woman if she got a private Tudor and got that degree now or once her kids hit school .

    It would be a great note in the history books.

  14. Heather says:

    Unis here in the UK work completely differently than in the US. You pick a subject when you first apply. In England it’s a single subject and in Scotland 2-3. You only study those subjects the entire time. There’s no such thing as “declaring a major” or a “liberal art” degree that has requirements to take classes in other subjects.

    It is possible to do a joint honours degree which is what I did, which means studying two subjects, and those two subjects can be completely different. My joint degree was in Anthropology and English Literature. Essentially it’s like doing two separate degrees at the same time.

    I know the Scottish system is a bit different. It sounds like she was properly studying psychology (unis use “With” to describe a joint degree) then dropped it after the first or second year.

    • Charlie says:

      Heather – just ’cause we can do: In the States you can earn an Bachelor of Arts (BA) in ‘Liberal Studies’. It’s teacher training for elementary school.

      There. That clears everything up. (LOL before Liberal Studies it was a degree in ‘Multiple Subjects’!)

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        Yeah, there’s nothing like that here.

        It always confuses me when I watch American TV shows or read American books and see uni students talking about having to take classes in subjects other than their own. Like science students saying they have to take a Lit or a humanities class to fulfill some requirements. Nope, would never happen here. If you study physics at university then you apply to the physics department directly and only take physics classes (and maybe the odd related class like chemistry or maths) for the entire time you’re at university.

  15. Mumbles says:

    I love art and would enjoy getting a degree in the subject, and maybe Kate did as well. But I do think that if you’re looking for an entree into a world with lots of wealthy people, it would be a great field to enter, what with jobs at auction houses and appraisers and all that. More so than psychology. Just sayin’.

    • Amarah says:

      I never understood why she didn’t take up a position at one of the museums or galleries in London. Kate had great connections, she had the degree, what else did she need? Would’ve given her the chance to do something for herself. These jobs are never about the money. For example, Eugenie isn’t working for the money.

      • Natalie S says:

        She tried. There are pictures of her going to interviews but according to rumors, she tried to dictate the same terms she later had at Jigsaw and was turned down.

      • Lexa says:

        I’ve often thought the the press intrusion and paps would have made holding down any job very frustrating, and there probably was the fear that coworkers could sell stories about her. It’s not an excuse and I’m sure a huge part of her not working was wanting to be available to William, but I think it’s a little more complex than that.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        She didn’t have any connections – she traded on the William connection to get interviews/meetings. IIRC there were a few interviews but nothing ever came of it as she allegedly didn’t want to work full time – as the poster above mentions. She was like William in his piloting gig – something that could be done whenever they felt like it or needed the positive PR.

      • Natalie S says:

        @Lexa. I’m sympathetic about that. Her coworkers at Jigsaw did talk to the press and so did the owner of the company. I thought it made sense that she was so standoffish and that she’d be more involved after she became a royal. I also believed the stories that Kate spent those years working on her photography but after the pictures from their tour, my sympathy lessened.

      • Koneullee says:

        Amarah I agree. Kate could have worked at one of the historical English buildings or Palaces or Museums or even a auction house. She didn’t really try, she went to one interview and Carole arranged a holiday with William to Ibiza, or some travel destination, then she never pursued anything again.

        She would have been able to do an internship with her degree and connections, then maybe into something more at one of the museums or Palaces around the UK, there are so many. Surely one would have hired her.

        Kate’s main degree was chasing the title, the Prince.

      • maxine ducamp says:

        I get what you’re saying @Amarah but I’m glad that she didn’t. Having studied art history and worked as a curatorial intern at a museum, I can attest that jobs and even internships in museums (perhaps with the exception of Development and Public Affairs offices) are few and far between. I’d hate to think that she took one of those rare positions from someone who was planning a career in the field as a prestige gig while waiting for her investment in William to pay dividends. It would be a different story if she’d been truly interested and thought that the engagement/marriage might never happen so she’d better pursue a career, but that was never her intent.

      • Violet says:

        That’s why people think she is lazy.

      • notasugarhere says:

        One of the galleries that offered her a job promised to get her back-alley access so the paps couldn’t photograph her. She declined. Others reported that she never replied to their phone calls to interview her for positions.

        For all the years she was waiting? Only two photos of her at PP. She wasn’t constantly chased and being photographed; they waited for the drunk out of clubs shots with William.

  16. Karen says:

    Does she actually think making that statement makes her sound interesting and intelligent?

  17. KK2 says:

    I really like this outfit overall but I think her skirt needs an extra inch or two…it’s not scandalous or anything, the proportions just look a bit off. She is so tall though, she probably needs to add length to lots of OTR skirts and that’s not easy to do. She does seem to be sincerely trying to get out there and engage more since she got back from maternity leave, which is nice to see (whatever the reason).

    • Annie says:

      Yep, this.

      I’m tall too and the struggle is real. Most off the rack clothes seem to be made for people of average height, so finding trousers and skirts that are not too short isn’t easy. Also, I think skirts above the knee in general look more revealing on a tall woman than they would on a shorter woman. There’s just more leg to be seen. Long legs is obviously a blessing when you dress for a sexy night out, but can be tricky when trying to dress like a professional.

      Kate has the best tailors available on hand and should be able to wear clothes that fit her proportions. Find the perfect silhouette! She looks so good in pencil skirts or knee length a-line skirts with a pretty shirt tucked in. Feminine, but without being girlish.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Am not sure how tall she is but I think she’s between 5 6′ / 5 ’8 or something – she wears a lot of heels esp when with William who is over 6 foot.

      • Koneullee says:

        Kate is about 5’8 no more I saw her but even then she had small heels on and was 5’8.
        Look at the photo of her next to Nicole Kidman in LA, Nicole is a good three inches taller and Kate is wearing bigger heels than Nicole

      • KK2 says:

        Google says 5’9 and William is 6’3, so that makes sense. I’m 5’3 so 5’9 seems super tall to me!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Google does not know all. 5’6″ plus 5 inch heels with platforms.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      deleted – double post

  18. Natalie S says:

    Kate hasn’t seemed like the best off-the-cuff speaker so those questions seem like she’s really trying. She’s not dumb, just shamelessly apathetic. But it’s been seven years of her not following through so I’m going to wait to see if she will this time.

    • Nic919 says:

      I had to roll my eyes when I heard them say she now has an interest in psychology because she took a few courses in undergrad. Basically everyone who has an arts degree has a few psych courses. A few intro courses doesn’t mean anything if the interest hasn’t been pursued for over a decade. This is reaching pretty hard. Jason and CQ need to come up with something better. Like maybe just saying she decided to do the early childhood initiative because she wants to help the children in the UK who aren’t as privileged as her own. It would sound more sincere.

      • Natalie S says:

        Maybe she talked to them about all she’s learned from her “mountains of paperwork.”

        I really hope she follows through as in secures funding for whatever initiative she’s trying to develop. The committee should be publishing their report in two months unless that date ends up getting pushed back.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        That is what it is all about actually. This is all for her Early years initiative that she is developing. She didn’t just go there because she thinks psychology is cool. She implied that it was a little bit much for her when she mentioned taking it at Uni even though she found it interesting. It was just a self deprecating joke. I think she is genuinely interested though. Being interested is just being interested. You are still considered interested even if it’s only casually.

      • Natalie S says:

        @Ainsley7. In this case, I hope she’s not just casual.

      • Nic919 says:

        There is nothing wrong with being interested in the cause of helping children in their early years but linking it to psychology shows she really doesn’t understand the issue. There are sociological reasons for why children struggle, i.e. many parents don’t have the financial advantages that the royals do and often the home environment is difficult because parents struggle to make ends meet with low work wages and excessive work hours. Because of that they don’t get all the attention and resources they need in the early developmental years and this can then cause behavioural problems. Saying she has an interest in psychology suggests the children are born with issues, and in most cases that is not the reason they struggle. Both micro and macro reasons underlie much of these issues and in reality there would need to be a significant redistribution of wealth to provide all children with the same head start in life.

      • arsesds73 says:

        @Nic919 I feel like if she said “she wants to help the children in the UK who aren’t as privileged as her own” she would face large amount of criticism from the public – especially the republicans who would basically say that if she really wanted to help she and the entire RF would stop taking money from the public. That being said this initiative is very confusing – I understand that we don’t know enough about it yet but I wish they would have a clear guideline/list of exactly what this long term strategy is and the goals they wish to accomplish in the long term.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She’s already facing criticism because the leak the weekend before Meghan’s book launch included language about wanting to fix the children of “Broken Britain”.

  19. Pandy says:

    She asked some great questions about how to get this information out to the public. Good for her.

    • Chicken says:

      I was going to say, if her saying this stuff gets the message out about language acquisition and brain development in babies and young children, I’m fine with it. The organization I work for spearheads a lot of education around this exact topic, and we had a fairly successful campaign called “Talk With Me Baby” encouraging parents to talk to their babies and young children.

  20. Sparker says:

    Palm reader here: she’s an outgoing pragmatist who does exactly what her parents tell her and is selfish in love. A total game player.

    • Koneullee says:

      Interesting ?
      Remember the 2007 breakup w William.
      Kate went out during that break with the ex boyfriend of Jecca Craig.
      William was back in a flash with Kate after that….
      He couldn’t stand that guy at that point
      Game

  21. Fluffy Princess says:

    Her eyes look super green in these photos. No wonder dark green flatters her when she wears it.

  22. Nichole says:

    Love her, but that ring is worth more than the GDP of some countries. Fix it.

  23. aquarius64 says:

    I think these articles are meant to show Kate didn’t go to St Andrews to get HRH. The handlers want to show there is depth to her.

  24. Shannon says:

    I think it’s great. I really like her and William’s focus on mental health, because I’ve always felt that’s a stigmatized area of overall health that is like the redheaded stepchild of wellness for many. I like both couples and enjoy seeing both of them do good things. Inevitably, this will be pushed as some as Kate “competing” with Megan, but I honestly thing this was her plan. She wanted to have her three children close together and so spent the last few years largely focused on that. I would expect to see more of her now. It’s coinciding with a new sister-in-law, yes, but that couldn’t have been foreseen by her. There’s room enough for both of them, plenty actually.

    • PrincessK says:

      Since William and Kate are so focused on mental health and bullying I wonder what their reaction has been to the unrelenting and vociferous onslaught of bullying against Meghan in the press this week. I don’t know how Meghan felt but I was left reeling.

  25. Malificent says:

    I’m not going to harsh out on Kate for mentioning that she took a few psychology classes and is interested in the topic. She’s not claiming to be an expert.

    I loved taking anthropology classes as an undergrad. You could say I was “keen” for it. And even though I didn’t ultimately decide to major in anthropology, I still find it interesting and like to do armchair reading. I also have several friends who went on to get their PhDs in anthropology and I’m always interested when they talk shop.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      I did my PhD in anthropology!

      I think Americans are confused though. In Britain you don’t just take the odd class in a subject, our education system is not set up that way. You pick one or two subjects when you first apply, and you study those one-two subjects exclusively throughout your entire time at university, and never take a single class in anything else. So if you’d studied in the UK you wouldn’t have been able to take an anthropology class unless you’d actually applied to do BA Anthropology or BA Sociology.

      I think I would have preferred the US system. So much wider.

  26. Case says:

    I think Will and Kate’s focus on mental health is truly wonderful. There is so much stigma surrounding it. It’s a difficult but incredibly important topic. I’ve always admired that they made this one of their main causes — it’s not an easy cause to tackle.

  27. Samuel says:

    “Having an interest in…” is just Kate’s latest way of saying she “was keen on sth.”.

    Btw. did you know that a lot of people who study psychology have psycho issues themselves which they hope to resolve that way! scientifically proven. The rate of people with psycho issues is much higher in psychology students/graduates than in the average population.
    Seems to make sense as most people study what they are interested in.

  28. Sharon Lea says:

    According to Katie Nichols book on Kate, she was supposed to major in psychology at Edinburgh University. 2 of her friends were going there too. Then she suddenly announced she was going to St Andrews instead. It was explained in the English system, you have a time frame to declare, if she missed the window, and changing schools, if St Andrews hadn’t accepted bher application, she would have to wait a year to start school. So she took a risk, and both her friends were blindsided as she never told she was thinking of not going to Edinburgh til it was finalized.

  29. Chatty Cath says:

    I wish I could read future history books to get the ‘real true story’ on The Cambridges and Mrs Middleton. All I’ve heard so far, the controlling, the pushiness the stalking has been so negative it sounds unbelievable. But I rather think it’s all true.