Prince William is encouraging people to take time out of their day and exercise for their mental health by teaming up with Apple Fitness+ for an ‘audio walking experience’.
The Duke of Cambridge has recorded an exclusive episode of their inspiring Time to Walk series, which invites users to exercise alongside influential people as they share personal and meaningful stories, music and photos while walking in a location special to them.
Apple has teased that the episode, which is expected to be the length of a 38-minute walk, will see Prince William discuss the importance of staying mentally fit.
The official announcement adds: “He also reflects on a lighthearted moment when he was drawn out of his comfort zone, the value of listening as a way to empower others, and an experience that led him to prioritise mental health.”
The 39-year-old royal has recorded his walk through the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, travelling from Sandringham House, past St. Mary Magdalene Church to Anmer.
The special holiday episode will be released on December 6 on Apple Watch for Fitness+ subscribers, as well as three special free airings on Apple Music 1 on Monday 6th December 7pm AEST and Tuesday 7th December at 8am AEST.
As well as taking part in the popular audio fitness series, Prince William has personally selected three charities for Apple to make donations to, including Lifeline Australia.
“Every single donation right now is vital to ensure we can answer every call. This incredible gift is as welcome as it is unexpected and on behalf of Lifeline Australia, our incredible staff and volunteers, I want to express our sincere appreciation,” Lifeline CEO Colin Seery said in a statement.
“In a record-breaking year, this is a fantastic endorsement of the work Lifeline Australia do and I know it will be a fantastic boost for everyone as we prepare for our busiest spell.
“Tonight, tomorrow night and all through the holiday period, our crisis counsellors will be there around the clock to listen without judgement and support people to keep them safe.”
Prince William is said to have approached Apple to record an episode after being impressed with how the series aligns with his own endeavours to promote better mental health.
The future king also shared a post on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram page on Saturday to talk about the importance of walking and further explain why he decided to partake.
“Walking has been a feature of my life during the good times and the bad, come rain or shine. For me, it provides an opportunity to clear my mind and gain some perspective. It’s a key part of how I manage my mental health. It can be a very sociable exercise or a moment of complete calm and isolation,” he wrote.
“In the hope of inspiring a few other people to get active and take some extra time for their own mental health – I wanted to share a few of my stories and favourite songs with you in an episode of Time to Walk.”
Previous stars who have recorded episodes of Time to Walk include Dolly Parton, Shawn Mendes, Jane Fonda, Naomi Campbell, Stephen Fry, Kesha, Camilla Cabello and more.
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