Thrifty Kate Middleton sports £795 L.K.Bennett jacket she first wore 12 YEARS ago
She is known for recycling her favourite looks – and the Princess of Wales upheld her thrifty reputation when chatting to Roman Kemp for her Shaping Us campaign.
Kate, 41, sported a £795 L.K.Bennett jacket that she first wore in 2011 as she discussed the importance of mental health with the Capital FM breakfast host to promote her early years project.
In the short seven-minute film, released today, Kate and Roman talked about mental wellbeing, relationships and how by nurturing children in the earliest years of their life, society can build a nation of healthy, happy adults.
For the engagement, the royal donned her trusty jacket, teamed with a chic £179 fairisle knit by Holland Cooper, as well as matching brown Chelsea boots and black jeans.
Kate first wore the L.K.Bennett ‘Darwin’ Shearling coat in chocolate brown on December 24 2011 when attending a football match in Sandringham. She also wore the garment – which boasts a fur collar and cuffs – several times in 2012.
Kate, 41, sported a £795 L.K.Bennett jacket that she first wore in 2011 (pictured) as she discussed the importance of mental health with the Capital FM breakfast host to promote her early years project
As the royal and the 30-year-old radio presenter took a walk together in the Hertfordshire countryside last month, Kate told Roman: ‘I know how passionate you are about mental health.’
He then replied: ‘I have got into this world in a way that no one really should do and I wish I wasn’t associated with the word suicide.’
Kemp, the son of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, has previously spoken candidly about his mental health struggles after the death of close friend, Capital FM producer Joe Lyons.
In 2021, Roman presented a BBC Three documentary looking at the mental health crisis affecting young men and revealed he had considered taking his own life after battling depression for more than a decade.
As they continued their conversation, Roman said that he had ‘no idea what a suicidal person looked like’ before losing his best friend.
He added: ‘It’s as if someone handed me a paper and said, “by the way, everything you thought is a lie.’
During the conversation, the host said that ‘friendship is the thing that will save lives’ and people – men in particular – not shying away from the topic of mental health with their peers.
Kate said in response: ‘Everyone cares and takes a lot of time over their physical health but find it much harder to not only talk about their mental health but actually understand the ways in which we can look after ourselves.’
The Princess of Wales has filmed a new video with Roman Kemp highlighting the importance of the early childhood years and its effect on mental health
The Princess of Wales took a walk in the Hertfordshire countryside with the radio host in the new clip
The Princess of Wales sat down with Roman Kemp and asked him about his early childhood over a cup of tea
Explaining why she wanted Roman to be part of the campaign, she added: ‘I loved the documentary and the conversations you had with the individuals and the fact that those relationships come out so strongly. It was really powerful.’
When asked what he had learned while filming his documentary, Roman said: ‘If we’re really going to make a difference here, we’re going to have to go younger.
‘And I think that’s why I think the work you’re doing is fantastic because that’s who we need to be targeting.’
After quizzing Roman on his experience, the host then asked Kate why she was so interested in the early years of childhood development – from pregnancy to the age of five.
The royal replied: ‘It’s really such a critical time to lay the foundations for our future adults selves really.
‘It’s a bit like building a house – without strong foundations and a solid start in life, then those building blocks are much harder to build later on in life.’
She added: ‘For those who haven’t had happy childhoods, they can still go on to have happy, healthy lives with the right support and the right interventions as well.’
When asked about why she wanted to take on the project as a mother herself, Kate told Roman: ‘The importance of having healthy and strong relationships in a child’s life is really critical.
The Princess summarised the campaign as: ‘This isn’t just about raising kids, it’s about shaping our futures and shaping not only the adults who we become but shaping our society, creating a happier, healthier and more nurturing world for us all to live in
Roman Kemp opened up about losing his best friend to suicide and the making of his documentary last year
‘Having a nurturing environment and having experiences in which a child can really understand and discover not only themselves but the world in which they live.
‘These are the key things we should be focusing on in early childhood because they set us up for so many things later on in life.’
Summarising the goal of her Shaping Us campaign, the Princess said: ‘This isn’t just about raising kids, it’s about shaping our futures and shaping not only the adults who we become but shaping our society, creating a happier, healthier and more nurturing world for us all to live in.’
As Roman joked ‘wouldn’t that be nice’, Kate laughed and said: ‘Absolutely, that’s the dream!’
The clip then ends with the pair sitting down for a cup of tea and Kate asking Roman about his childhood.
He said: ‘I always say the best part of my life is my family and it has shaped who I am. 100%.
‘But again, it’s so difficult. All you need to do is look around at the country and see people not just struggling raising kids, they’re struggling to put a roof above their heads to being able to heat their house. All of those things can come into play.’
Kate then replied: ‘Absolutely. And this is the thing, every family is different and the pressures that we all face are different.
‘While raising the issue of early childhood, this isn’t about putting extra pressure on families, it’s actually saying that they need the support and the help and prioritising family life, home life and that it takes really in raising children today because it is tough.
Kate beamed as she greeted Roman for a wintery walk in the countryside to promote her new Shaping Us campaign
Kate told the TV host: ‘It’s not about the number of toys you’ve got or the number of trips you go on with them, it’s making sure they’ve got the right emotional support around them from the adults in their lives.’
‘The relationships within a family or surrounding a child is so important. The environment in which you bring up a child is as important as the experiences in which you engage.
‘It’s not about the number of toys you’ve got or the number of trips you go on with them, it’s making sure they’ve got the right emotional support around them from the adults in their lives.’
‘I’ve been very loved throughout my life,’ Roman confided. ‘And that’s a privilege to be able to say that but to make it a normality would be nice.’
‘Love goes a long way,’ Kate told the host as she thanked him for discussing his mental health as part of their ‘shared mission’.
The radio presenter is the latest famous face to pledge support for the Princess’ project – which the royal described as her ‘life’s work’ earlier this week.
The Princess of Wales outlined the scope of her campaign, promoted this week with a series of events and videos, describing it as a long-term project beginning with how a child develops and the importance of the formative years.
She said it will go on to ‘explore in more depth the importance of a child’s social and emotional world’ and the significance of relationships and ‘surroundings and experiences’.
‘And of course, by understanding our own childhoods – what has shaped our own beliefs, relationships, behaviours and feelings – we, as adults, are better placed to play our part in positively shaping future generations,’ the princess added.
Scientific evidence has shown that early experiences can affect children not only socially and emotionally but in their physical development too.
In a video shared on her Early Childhood Instagram page, which also featured TV presenter Fearne Cotton and rapper Professor Green, the princess said: ‘Many aspects of our lives today have roots in early childhood.’
The video features a number of celebrities, including presenter Giovanna Fletcher and reality TV star Zara McDermott.
They said ‘how we love, how we treat our mental health and how we form relationships’ can all be affected by those early childhood experiences.
The video was shared with the caption: ‘You may not realise it, but our early childhood shapes everything from the way we form relationships to the way we cope with stress.