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The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken about the difficulties pregnant women and new mothers face with their mental health - but has been since been criticised for not publically supporting Meghan Markle when she revealed similar struggles.
In a tweet, Kate Middleton announced on Friday (May 6) that she is the new royal patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance - a UK charity which has a network of over 100 organisations that are committed to getting new and expectant mums the mental health support they need and to raise awareness around this issue too.
"The past couple of years have reminded us of just how much we need each other and how vital our relationships are to our long-term health and happiness," Middleton said in the accompanying video which was posted during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.
"No one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression," she added.
"It is crucial, therefore, that all those who might be struggling are given the right support at the right time."
This #MaternalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek is about the power and importance of connection.\n\nWe all know that pregnancy, childbirth and the first months and years of a child\u2019s life can be hugely demanding.pic.twitter.com/o2lJjX0u8n
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
While many reacted positively to the news of Middleton's new role and praised her for raising awareness around mental health in pregnancy, some criticised the Duchess of Cambridge for not publicly supporting her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle when voiced her mental health problems, Insiderreported.
In November 2020, Markle wrote an op-ed for The New York Timesand referenced this exchange where she also revealed she had suffered a miscarriage just two months earlier.
Then Markle brought up her mental health struggles in an explosive interview with Oprah last year where she admitted she experienced suicidal thoughts and "didn't want to be alive anymore" during her first pregnancy with son Archie when she lived in London.
In an effort to get better, Markle claimed that she tried to seek help from the institution but said they didn't do anything to support her.
"I went to the institution, and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help, that I've never felt this way before, that I needed to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn't, that it wouldn't be good for the institution," she explained.
Here are some of the criticisms people have written about Middleton in to reference these events.
The utter hypocrisy of it\u2026 https://twitter.com/kensingtonroyal/status/1522491085158817792\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/61pxA7E0Fb
Agreed Duchess Kate so when Meghan Markle was suicidal/needed mental health support during her pregnancy why didn\u2019t she receive ANY from Royal Family?\n\nFailed your own sister-in-law why would I believe you care about us? Practice What You Preach #MaternalMentalHealthAwarenessWeekhttps://twitter.com/scobie/status/1522352814210568192\u00a0\u2026
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu)
Not you hyping up Maternal Mental Health for others when you couldn\u2019t start with your family and extend your sister-in-law the same kindnesshttps://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1522491085158817792\u00a0\u2026
The audacity Kate Middleton has to speak on mental health awareness during/after pregnancy. Where was she when her sister in law was bullied and harassed through three pregnancies, miscarriage, suicide ideation and two post partum periods? Absolute hypocrite. #DuchessofCambridgehttps://twitter.com/scobie/status/1522352814210568192\u00a0\u2026
While others pointed out a lack of diversity in the announcement video and also noted that postnatal depression or anxiety in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) mothers is 13 per cent higher than in white mothers.
'Postnatal depression or anxiety in BAME mothers is\u00a013% higher\u00a0than in white mothers.'\nSo why are no women of colour featured in this video addressing maternal mental health? I loathe how conversations around motherhood just centre the white experience\nhttps://metro.co.uk/2020/03/24/black-women-neglected-12406357/\u00a0\u2026https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1522352814210568192\u00a0\u2026
Lovely to see Kate taking on this important role for white ladies and their white babieshttps://twitter.com/scobie/status/1522352814210568192\u00a0\u2026
— Fancy Brenda \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (they/them) (@Fancy Brenda \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (they/them))
Very uncomfy that all the mothers & babies in this video are white ???\nIdk just rubs me the wrong way, especially bc Black mothers are more likely to not receive support or receive adequate care from medical professionals and services. Just a thought.https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1522352814210568192\u00a0\u2026
— K \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@K \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08)
Every single person in this video is white. WTF?https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1522491085158817792\u00a0\u2026