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Northern Ireland businesswoman has no problem with Royals calling charity Heads Together

By Claire O'Boyle

A Belfast businesswoman has denied falling out with the Royals over the name of their charity Heads Together.

A newspaper report yesterday claimed Joanne Kane, who set up her Co Down human resources consultancy Heads Together 10 years ago, was battling it out with the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry over their popular mental health campaign.

But last night she insisted this couldn't be further from the truth.

Joanne said: "We are very supportive of and fully endorse the Royal Foundation's campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and have been working closely and collaboratively with the foundation over the past nine months to reach an agreement so that no confusion can arise from the similarities in our respective names.

"It is disingenuous in the extreme to suggest that there has been any dispute between the parties at any time over the use of the name.

"The discussions have been collaborative and supportive and indeed are about to reach a positive conclusion for both sides.

"We wish the new charity all the very best in its work."

Joanne is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and her company has offices in both London and Holywood with client sizes ranging from a huge 84,000 employees to just one.

The business offers "practical cost effective advice on complying with employment law and effectively managing your work force".

It works with a number of charitable organisations - as well as commercial businesses -and last year Joanne won a leadership award for the vital services the company provides to the local community.

Kate, William and Harry spent last week on the media trail promoting their Heads Together campaign ahead of Sunday's London Marathon. It was the event's charity of the year.

The foundation aims to end the stigma around mental health by working with young people, homeless charities and veterans.

"Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and well-being, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges," reads the charity's website.

Last week Prince Harry revealed he had gone for counselling to deal with the devastating fallout from the tragic death of his mother Princess Diana 20 years ago when he was a young boy. "I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well," said the Prince, who is now aged 32.

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle."

The Royals' charity applied to register Heads Together as a trademark last year for a wide range of services including education and training, campaigning, promotional and public awareness campaigns.

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