After Harry’s Bombshell, Prince William Has His Own Mental Health Confession
A day after Prince Harry opened up about seeking therapy for his mental health struggles following Princess Diana’s death, his brother Prince William had quite a bit to say about mental health himself.
Specifically, he released a four-minute film on social media in which he spoke to singer Lady Gaga about their respective mental health campaigns, and how they can help normalize mental health issues, so that more people are willing to come forward for help when they need it.
“It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical health,” Prince William says in the video. “Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it and just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.”
He adds, “It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won’t be judged. It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only going to lead to more problems down the line.”
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In the video, Prince William praises Lady Gaga over FaceTime for opening up about her own personal struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. And Lady Gaga praises the royal for his work among his family members in the Heads Together campaign for mental health.
And that same day, Prince William got even more candid about mental health in an off-the-cuff speech.
The Duke of Cambridge and @LadyGaga join forces to encourage more people to speak openly about their mental health #OKtosay pic.twitter.com/kCuQyS3Svn— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 18, 2017
Following a preview of a documentary about runners with mental health issues training for a marathon, the royal admitted seeing it had touched him.
“Wow, yeah. I’m speechless actually. I’m quite emotional. So I am just going to take a minute to calm myself down,” he said.
Then, he opened up about why he was so invested in these issues in particular.
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“I have my own reasons for being involved in mental health—what happened to me and my mother when I was younger,” he said.
He added, “The more we have influential and very important people speaking about their issues and their battles, the better.”
The Duke of Cambridge thanks runners who feature in @BBCOne 'Mind over Marathon' documentary pic.twitter.com/0hEANFuFWh— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 18, 2017
Thank you for speaking up, Prince William!
See the cutest Prince William and Prince Harry sibling moments that all siblings can relate to in the pictures below.
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When you're trying to be the star in a photo but your sibling ends up stealing the spotlight.
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When someone tries to interrupt you and your sibling while you're in the middle of something.
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When you're trying to be serious with your sibling but it's useless, because they won't quit being silly.
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When you and your sibling realize that there's only one piece of cake left.
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When you and your sibling try to have a go at being spontaneous.
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That look you give your sibling when they're embarrassing you in front of friends.
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When you and your sibling find creative ways to have fun (who says lightsabers are just for kids?).
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The teamwork that goes into persuading your parents to do something.
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The faces that you and your sibling make when you're bored out of your minds at an event.
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The look you give your sibling when you manage to prove them wrong about something.
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When you and your sibling are sharing an inside joke in front of company.
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When you warn your sibling about what will happen if they dare to touch your food.
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