In the last few months, there have been a whole host of rumours and whispers of a rift between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess and Sussex. But days after welcoming their first child, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced they're joining forces with Kate and Wills for an exciting new project - finally putting an end to all speculation. In the last few months, the Fab Four have been working hard behind the scenes to launch an exciting new project - Shout UK. The 24/7 text service aims to help people who are struggling to cope by offering immediate help at any time - the first of its kind in the country.
It will be run by a team of volunteers and Meghan, Kate, Harry and William are calling for people to sign up. Sharing the news on social media this morning, the Duke of Cambridge reveals that all four of the royals have been out and about helping to set up the exciting new project. The launch video shows them all on secret visits to the organisation, meeting volunteers and looking at the technology.
William says, "As texting is private and silent it opens up a whole new way to find help. It provides instant support. You can have a conversation anywhere, at any time; at school, at home, on the bus, anywhere. I am incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to visit thousands of vulnerable people everyday."
The new service is an extension of the royals' Heads Together initiative, and the royals have put forward £3 million - the biggest ever grant from the Royal Foundation.
Posting on Instagram, Meghan and Harry, who welcomed Baby Archie earlier this week, wrote, "Earlier last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began supporting this vital program behind the scenes by hosting a meeting at Kensington Palace with contributors and partners. Last November, Their Royal Highnesses also made a surprise visit to meet with a group of Shout volunteers, and participated in a panel with mental health activist Bryony Gordon hearing firsthand how the volunteers have found making the connection with vulnerable texters, a majority of whom are under 25, so rewarding - helping to get them through a moment of crisis to a calmer place, and giving them courage to find longer-term support."
More than 1,000 volunteers have already signed up and received the full training, and they've helped 60,000 people. Read More