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Members of the Royal Family have long been advocates for ending the stigma surrounding mental health; Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William and Princess Kate have all led campaigns to champion the cause. But they are not the only royals to recognise the importance of discussing the issue and, as the world marks Mental Health Awareness Day, Express.co.uk looks back at the fascinating life of the altruistic Princess Arthur of Connaught.
In the early Forties, a granddaughter of King Edward VII was named the president of the Mental Aftercare Association. Princess Arthur of Connaught was the first member of the British Royal Family to speak publicly about the need for mental health treatment.
Born Lady Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edwina Louise Duff, she was the elder of two daughters of Princess Louise, the eldest daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and Alexander Duff, 6th Earl of Fife.
Marlene Koenig, a royal historian who has spent over 40 years researching the Royal Family, praised the work of Princess Arthur, who is often forgotten in the discussion surrounding the royal relation to mental health.
She told Express.co.uk: “I’m a huge proponent for Princess Arthur — not many people remember her. She was actually the first British royal to talk about mental health and she was a registered nurse who ran a nursing home during the Second World War.”
Ms Koenig claimed Alexandra wanted to do…