The Duke of Cambridge has made an "audio walking experience" to encourage people to get outdoors, as Apple donates tens of thousands of pounds to life-saving charities in return.
The Duke, who is a fan of the Time to Walk series, will take people on a stroll through Norfolk for a 28-minute special episode – similar to a podcast – in which he takes part in a 21st century Desert Island Discs.
Following in the footsteps of Stephen Fry, Dolly Parton, Naomi Campbell, Cynthia Erivo and Anthony Joshua, he has recorded himself chatting to listeners as he walks through the countryside.
Designed to encourage people into the habit of exercise, the Apple Fitness+ "experience" tracks each walk through stories, photographs and songs popping up on a user’s Apple Watch.
The Duke agreed to take part in his own special episode highlighting the importance of fresh air for mental health, conscious of the strain of the long winter months ahead.
Kensington Palace said his decision was based on "recognising the significant impact that walking has on mental health, and that the Christmas period can be challenging for many".
Apple has agreed to donate a five-figure sum to each of three charities – Shout in the UK, Crisis Text Line in the USA and Lifeline in Australia.
All offer crisis support via text message or telephone calls. Lifeline is also a suicide prevention service which promises no-one "has to face their darkest moments alone".
Duke talks about ‘importance of keeping mentally fit’
The Duke, who worked as an air ambulance pilot and was the co-founder of Heads Together with his wife and brother, has spoken regularly about the importance of mental health.
He believes the simple remedies of walking and talking can help boost people’s mood, providing a simple release from bottling up their problems.
The Duke will take listeners on a walk through the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, from Sandringham House, past St. Mary Magdalene Church, and ending eventually in the Cambridges’ home at Anmer.
The Duke will give people a tour of the Sandringham Estate
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A spokesman said: "During the episode, His Royal Highness 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."
He will also choose three of his favourite songs and the emotional reasons behind them, to share.
The special Christmas episode of Time to Walk will air on Apple Fitness+ on Monday, December 6.
The Duke’s younger brother has already worked with AppleTV+ for a mental health television series with Oprah Winfrey.
In it, Prince Harry undertook an on-camera therapy session to discuss traumatic memories from his childhood, accusing the Royal family of "total neglect" and of "bullying him into silence" .