Man Sets Himself Abalze Outside Kate and Wills' London Home

A distressing event for the Royal family
BySarah Hedley HymersThursday , 18 February 2016
Man Sets Himself Abalze Outside Kate and Wills' London Home
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Kate is distressed
Just hours after Kate Middleton delivered a moving speech calling for a change in attitudes towards mental health, a mentally ill man set himself alight outside Kensington Palace, the London home of Kate and her family. The man, believed to be in his forties, died from his injuries.
 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children were staying at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, at the time but will be no less distressed by the horrific incident. Kate is a huge advocate for making improvements in mental health care, and the man had only just been discharged from hospital three hours earlier, having been admitted over his mental wellbeing. He was later found burning alive in the gardens of Kensington Palace while Prince Harry was sleeping in a cottage on the grounds. 
 
Earlier that same day in a video speech for Children’s Mental Health Week, Kate said: “Through my work in areas like addiction, I have seen time and again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood frequently stem from unresolved childhood issues. This needs to change.” 
 
This shocking tragedy on her very own doorstep adds enormous weight to her words. 

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