Prince William to share his favourite memories in podcast promoting mental wellbeing

The Duke of Cambridge recorded a special episode of Time to Walk to encourage people to take time outside and walk for their mental health over the Christmas period.

Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for Christmas

Prince William will share his favorite memories, songs and life moments in a new podcast as he tours the English countryside to promote mental health.

The Duke of Cambridge recorded a special episode of Time to Walk to encourage people to take time outside and walk for their mental health over the Christmas period.

Time to Walk is the audio walking experience from Apple Fitness+, designed to encourage people to walk more often for the benefit of their mental and physical health.

In each episode, special guests are invited to walk a location that is meaningful to them, while they share their thoughts on lessons learned, important memories and life experiences through stories, photos and songs.

Prince William’s walk takes him through his family’s Sandringham farm in Norfolk, where his family will join again this year with the Queen and the rest of the royal family at Christmas.

Starting at Sandringham House, William passes by St Mary Magdalene Church where the royals usually walk a short distance on Christmas Day, ending up in his family’s 20,000-acre home in Anmer Hall.

During the episode, William, 39, talks about the importance of staying mentally fit, reflecting on a frosty moment when he stepped outside his comfort zone, the value of listening as a way to empower others and his leaders’ experience of prioritizing mental health.

Prince William also picked three of his favorite songs, and he explains why they are so important to him.

In other episodes, country music legend Dolly Parton reflects on career, family, and upbringing in rural Tennessee.

William and Harry and their wives on the balcony of Buckingham Palace


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The multi-award winning singer said: “I’ve loved walking since I was a little girl in the Smoky Mountains.

“I think it’s very important to be able to get out and walk if we can during this time.

“I do my best thinking when I walk. And while many of us feel upset during this time, I hope people walk with me down memory lane and we can all feel more free to take the time to walk together.”

Musician Shawn Mendes took to social media at the age of 15, landed his first platinum album at 19, and shares how a slower pace helped him both personally and creatively.

He said, “Walking is a great way to clear your mind.

“It’s the simplest thing you can do to calm the body and soul, to calm down, to slow down. I hope people feel the same sense of calm that I do while walking and can bring that into their own experiences.”

Princes William and Harry in 2018


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Recognizing the impact walking has on mental health, and that the Christmas period can be difficult for many, Prince William has selected three charities to each receive a five-figure donation from Apple: Shout in the UK, Crisis Text Line in the USA, and Lifeline in Australia.

Crisis Text Line and Shout provide free 24/7 confidential support to people in crisis via text, and Lifeline provides free confidential crisis support and around the clock suicide prevention services.

Apple will stream three exclusive episodes of Time to Walk for free on Apple Music 1, the world’s leading radio station on Apple Music, on Monday, December 6.


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