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Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Royal Fab Four During a Secret Visit to Shout, a New Crisis Text Line

Meghan and Harry are teaming up with William and Kate to launch the mental health initiative.
IMAGE COURTESY OF SHOUT
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The Duchess of Sussex may be home in Windsor, resting with her newborn son Archie, but her philanthropic efforts are still making the news. Today it was announced that Meghan and Harry are teaming up with Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to launch Shout, a new crisis hotline, which will offer immediate support to those in need via text.

In a video (below) promoting the initiative, Prince William explains Shout as, "a new text line that supports people who need advice in a tough moment."

"It operates 24/7, and connects people to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed, enabling them to move from crisis to calm and to find longer-term support," he continues.

While reporting on the announcement of Shout, which will be both U.K.-wide and free to use, royal correspondent Victoria Murphy revealed that the Cambridges and the Sussexes have been working on this project for months, and that the Royal Foundation has given £3 million (or roughly $3.9 million) to the organization thus far, its biggest investment to date.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with shout volunteers.

The launch of Shout is a confirmation that while the Sussexes and Cambridges now operate as separate royal households, they are still all involved in the Royal Foundation, and will continue to collaborate on projects like this one moving forward.

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"Over the last few months, Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes," William says in the video. "Harry, Meghan, Catherine, and I have been able to see the service working up close, and are very excited for its future."

For more information on Shout, including how to volunteer if you are in the U.K., visit www.giveusashout.org.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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