The Duchess of Cambridge addresses the exchange of sexual images on mobile phones at the Place2Be conference in London
Kate Middleton made it clear that while she may be a treasured member of the royal family, she’s more than up-to-date on the pitfalls of 21st century technology, including the trappings of ‘sexting’.
The 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge was heard chatting about the popular teenage trend of exchange of sexual images on mobile phones while on her royal visit to charity Place2Be in London’s Canary Wharf earlier this week.
Mum-of-one Kate, who famously had to move schools after being bullied as a child, was at the offices of legal firm Clifford Chance for the charity’s Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools Forum, after being named as their patron in January.
During the visit, Prince William‘s stylish wife, who was wearing a pretty pleated Orla Kiely skirt with a matching Max Mara jacket and blue suede accessories, met local school children before hearing a speech from Place2Be chief executive Benita Refson.
According to Professor Tanya Byron, who gave a 20 minute talk on cyber bullying, the Duchess was very concerned with issues affecting young people – and particularly a certain mobile phenonemon sweeping the nation…
‘She was very interested in the early years, 0 to five year olds, which I guess is because she’s a new mother but also because she’s interested’, Tanya told The Mirror.
‘She was at a engagement yesterday and they mentioned sexting. She was interested in what we do and my colleagues’ work on addiction.’
According to The Telegraph, Kate discussed at length the problem of sexting and cyber bullying with experts at the forum, taking a particular interest in the mental well-being of under-fives.
And it seems Kate’s strong maternal instincts are clearly at the forefront of her mind following the recent birth of her first son, baby Prince George. Referring to Kate’s strong feelings about the charity’s work, Tanya continued:
‘She’s become a mother and wants to support us. It’s like a gift. She’s a very bright woman. She said at one point when I was speaking she was telling the person she was with ‘I hope you’re writing this down’.’
The professor added: ‘Its not just a fly in and fly out. You can see this means something to her.’
We always knew Kate would be one to be down with the kids.