Roman Kemp remembers how Kate Middleton displayed a "respectful" gesture during her visit to his parents' residence.

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Roman Kemp has revealed a particular memory that has stayed with him from the time the Princess of Wales visited his family home.

Kate Middleton collaborated with the radio presenter for a brief film about mental well-being earlier this year, following the launch of her campaign for early years development.

In a recent interview with The Times, Kemp, 30, shared that the princess contacted him after his 2021 BBC documentary on men's mental health and suicide titled Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency was released.

"It was a privilege, but it was one of the most unusual experiences," he said. "We had a Zoom call, just her and me."

Once they decided to make a short film, Kate, who was then the Duchess of Cambridge, offered to visit Kemp at his apartment.

"And I simply said, 'No, let's go to my parents'. It's a larger house. I don't want to bring royalty to a flat in Vauxhall," Kemp joked.

He recalled the moment the royal sat at his kitchen counter with his mother, Shirlie Holliman, and father, the famous musician Martin Kemp, as well as his sister Harley.

"The most amusing thing was that she didn't have any shoes on because she was considerate enough to remove them at the door," he said. "That really stuck in my mind because you never see royalty without shoes."

The princess is occasionally at ease going barefoot. In 2016, both she and the Prince of Wales took off their shoes while visiting the Gandhi Smriti Museum in India, following local customs.

She also removed her footwear while visiting a mosque in Pakistan in 2019 as a gesture of respect.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk barefoot paying their respects at Gandhi Smriti, a museum located in Old Birla House, where Mahatma Gandhi, India's founding father, spent the last few years of his life, on April 11, 2016 (Getty Images). Kate's sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, has previously indicated that going barefoot behind closed doors was not the usual practice for the Waleses. She mentioned her first meeting with her future in-laws in her and the Duke of Sussex's Netflix docuseries, Harry and Meghan.

Meghan Markle said she was barefoot and wearing "ripped jeans" when Prince William and Kate first came to visit her and Harry at their residence, but she was surprised that "the formality on the outside carried through on the inside".

During Kate's appearance in the brief film, which was released in February, she discussed the significance of mental health and relationships, as well as how nurturing children in their early years can shape a society of well-functioning, content adults.

Kemp has openly talked about his personal struggles with mental well-being following the passing of his close friend Joe Lyons, who served as a producer at Capital FM.

He also revealed that he experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in connection to the moment he learned about Lyon's death while on live radio. The executive producer of his morning show informed him of the tragic news.

"Throughout the past year, I've been plagued by severe panic attacks," said Kemp, who relies on daily antidepressants. "Walking into the radio studio and reliving that day over and over again was incredibly challenging for me."

Martin Kemp and Roman Kemp attend ITV Palooza! at The Royal Festival Hall on November 23, 2021 (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)"Whenever I was on the radio and heard a door open to my left, it would transport me back to that moment when I glanced at my executive producer and she informed me of his passing. I constantly battled with anxiety."

Kem underwent EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) therapy to address his PTSD.

According to the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), EMDR therapy can assist individuals in processing and recovering from past trauma by combining side-to-side eye movements with talk therapy.

The treatment was specifically developed for trauma or PTSD and is recognized by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

If you are experiencing distress or struggling to cope, you can confidentially reach out to the Samaritans at 116 123 (UK and ROI), email [email protected], or visit the Samaritans website to find information about your nearest branch.

In the United States, if you or someone you know requires immediate mental health assistance, please call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This crisis hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

If you are in a different country, you can visit to locate a helpline in your area.

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