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Prince William shares a cuppa with dads who are battling mental health issues
The Duke of Cambridge met a dozen men in a secret get-together at a Caffe Nero near Kensington Palace
By Simon Boyle

Prince William has thrown his support behind a wellbeing initiative by hosting a coffee morning for fathers and sons affected by mental health .

The Duke of Cambridge met a dozen men in a secret get-together at a Caffe Nero near Kensington Palace.

It was part of a new campaign for charity Heads Together, aiming to encourage fathers and sons to talk more openly about mental health.

Paul Scates, who was there with his Dad, said: “It was a lovely opportunity and Prince William is incredibly passionate about tackling these issues.

“He understands mental health problems have gone under the radar because people are uncomfortable talking about it, so he’s keen to use his position to try to improve that.

"He listened carefully to people’s stories and showed real empathy.

"I explained how my Dad and I didn’t open up to each other – and that things really improved once we were brave enough to talk more openly. He seemed to really care.”

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “It was a lovely morning and the Duke really enjoyed meeting everyone.”

William, wife Kate and Prince Harry were announced as figureheads for the initiative in March.

It came as the Sunday Mirror continues its Time To Change campaign, raising awareness of mental health issues.

William set out his goals last month, saying: “My thing is to get men talking about issues. It can destroy families, it can destroy lives.”