Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton stepped out in London on Tuesday to announce their plans for their mental health initiative, the Heads Together foundation, which is in partnership with the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. There's no doubt that the three royals approach their work for the charity very seriously, which Kate emphasized during her speech. "What Heads Together is proposing is that in the weeks leading up to the marathon, our campaign will showcase people from all walks of life, talking about the life-changing conversations that have helped them with their mental health challenges," she explained to the crowd. "We hope that these real-life examples will serve as encouragement to others to do the same."
After they all took turns at the podium, they flashed a few smiles for photographers outside and joked around with marathon runner Jon Salmon and his friend Steve Jackson, who has faced his mental health challenges head on with the help of exercise and open, honest conversations. The royal foundation aims to "change the national conversation on mental well-being" and is encouraging people to raise awareness by running in the marathon this year.
Their outing together comes just after news that Harry's girlfriend, activist and actress Megan Markle, is in town to meet Kate and Princess Charlotte and spend a few "lazy days" with the prince. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been popping up around London lately to work with their various philanthropies, from Kate's visit to the Anna Freud Centre to Will's trip to a UK organization for grieving children. It might only be January, but it already looks like this year is shaping up to be one of the royal family's most exciting yet.