Royals Focus On Mental Health In Dundee Trip

William and Kate, also known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, make their first official visit to the city.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Dundee

The Duke of Cambridge has described the nation's attitude to mental health as "sad" as he and his wife focused on the issue during a visit to Dundee.

Prince William and Kate carried out five different engagements in the city after spending a night in the Scottish town where they first met.

The couple stayed in St Andrews on Thursday evening, where they started dating when they were students at university.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, arrives at Dundee Rep Theatre

Prince William meets Dundee locals

They stayed at The Old Course Hotel, an exclusive resort and spa overlooking one of the world's famous golf courses.

It was the first time the Duke and Duchess, also known in Scotland as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, have officially visited Dundee.

They took part in an anti-bullying workshop and held a private meeting with leaders in Scotland's youth mental health sector.

The Duke spoke out about attitudes to mental health, saying it was "sad" that "society does not seem to listen enough" to those with problems.

But to make sure as many people as possible got to seem them in Dundee they also joined a family fun day at the Dundee Repertory Theatre, where they stopped to chat to well wishers.

Fearghas Simpson, 28, a recruitment executive from Ayr, asked Kate if William was still riding his motorbike.

He said she replied: "He's still riding it. It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it - I'm terrified. Hopefully, I'm going to keep George off it."

The couple also visited Captain Scott's tall ship The Discovery which was built in Dundee and carried him - and a young Ernest Shackleton - on their first expedition to Antarctica in 1901.

The day finished with a visit to Abertay University where the couple met students who have been involved in BAFTA's Young Game Designers programme.

The university offers courses in computer game design with Dundee itself is an important international centre for video game production.

The royal couple tried their hand at playing games and chatted to 14-year-old Camylle Tulia, who had designed a game where the player has to wake up dreamers from their fantasies.

William hit one or two "minions" that stopped the player fulfilling the task and as he did so he gave a mock laugh "ha, ha".

But Kate was more reluctant to have a go.

"I have a lot to learn," she said, to which William quipped "I can't educate her, she's not interested," which led Kate to mock her husband.

"Come on, William!" she said before taking the controls and destroying a minion herself.

"The Duchess needed a little bit of help," said Camylle.

"It is only about 1% of what I have planned. I'm pretty sure when I have had the chance to fully develop it they will have enough time to fully try it out."

 

 

Source: Sky News