Prince William follows in the footsteps of Dolly Parton and Naomi Campbell by recording an audio walking tour to urge the public to get active for their mental health (and stop offs include Sandringham House and Anmer Hall)
The Duke of Cambridge has teamed up with tech giant Apple to appear in a new ‘audio walking experience’, sharing his favourite memories and songs while talking a stroll in the Norfolk countryside.
Listeners are able to immerse themselves in walks featured in the series, hearing the footsteps of the narrator and the sounds around them as they take the audience on a journey through locations important to them.
The future king was recorded as he toured his grandmother’s 20,000 acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, begin by die koningin‘s home, Sandringham House, and then took in St Mary Magdalene Church, where the royals celebrate Kersfees elke jaar, before ending up at Anmer Hall, his and Kate’s family home.
Prins William (op die foto) will appear on a special festive episode of Time to Walk on Monday 6th December, encouraging people to take some time out and walk for their mental health over the Christmas period
Apple has announced an upcoming Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk with Prince William. In addition to Apple Fitness+ subscribers, it will also be made available to everyone as a free airing on Apple Music
William has chosen three charities, offering support for those in crisis or emotional turmoil, to each receive a five-figure donation from Apple in light of Christmas being a challenging period for many and the positive impact walking has on mental health.
The organisations set to benefit as a result of the collaboration are Shout, the text helpline service developed by William’s Royal Foundation, Crisis Text Line, which provides a similar service but globally, and the Australian charity Lifeline, which provides crisis support for people in emotional distress.
It will also be made free to access on its radio station – Apple Music 1 – vir die eerste keer.
From Monday, users of Apple Watches will be able to ‘walk with William’ as part of its library of online workouts.
The Duke of Cambridge speaks during The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium in London on November 25, 2021
Time to Walk encourages users to get outdoors and exercise while listening to a noted public figure taking a walk themselves, chatting about their lives, what motivates them and introducing some of their most inspirational tunes in a ‘Desert Island Discs’-style format.
During the recording, the duke talks about the importance of keeping mentally fit, reflects on a light-hearted 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.
Jay Blahnik, Apple’s vice president of fitness technologies, said when Time To Walk was launched in January: ‘Walking is the most popular physical activity in the world, and one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies.
‘A walk can often be more than just exercise – it can help clear the mind, solve a problem, or welcome a new perspective.’
The duke had listened to Time To Walk before taking part and was impressed by the aim of the series to help listeners support their wellbeing by encouraging them to get active, as it chimes with his own campaigns to promote the mental health of the nation, especially emergency services workers.
Apple will stream three special audio airings of the Time To Walk episode featuring William free of charge on Apple Music 1, the global radio station on Apple Music, Maandag.