Kate Middleton may be able to hold her own in a boxing ring. The Duchess of Cambridge practiced her boxing skills with former British world champion boxer Duke McKenzie Monday for the Heads Together campaign, to spotlight mental health awareness.
In a video posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram page, Middleton is seen sporting a pair of red and white boxing gloves as she throws a few jabs and crosses with McKenzie. “The Duchess of Cambridge does boxercise at the #HeadsTogether launch event Mind charity — one of the 7 #HeadsTogether charities — is promoting the benefits of physical activity for mental well-being,” the caption read.
Following his practice with Middleton, McKenzie told People magazine that the Duchess “couldn’t wait to get the gloves on and had a wicked punch.” He also said the 34-year-old mom of two was “more technical” than her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry.
“Harry’s a banger — make no mistakes about it … I’ve boxed my whole life and he’s got a fair punch on him,” he told the outlet. “[Kate’s] better than the pair of them because she’s more technical. Ladies don’t go for power. They rely on speed and technique, and that generates power. She was better than the pair of them technically -- hands- down.”
He added, “Not just her beauty by the way — the way she carries herself with her hands up and chin down a little bit. I think she’s done this before.”
McKenzie also praised the trio for bringing awareness to mental health, saying that boxing is a great way for people to “stimulate” their mind. “This is going to be a success. It’s going to highlight so much and make so many people much more aware of mental health problems,” he said. “Keeping fit is a very important part of anybody’s development but more so if you’ve got mental health problems.”
As previously reported, it was announced last month that Middleton, Prince Harry and Prince William would be kicking off the Heads Together campaign. In a behind-the-scenes video of their photoshoot to promote the campaign, they each shared messages on the importance of understanding mental health. “Mental health is just as important as physical health,” Middleton said.
According to People magazine, mental health became an important issue for the Duke of Cambridge after he had to help victims of suicide attempts during his time working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance squad.