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Prince William speaks about mental health in new documentary


As Prince William continues to prepare for that special day he’ll sit on the throne, he’s opening up about what it’s like to be raised as a member of the Royal Family and the impact it’s had on his life.

As many know, the 37-year-old has spearheaded the efforts to highlight the importance of mental health leading him to speak about fatherhood, fame and more subjects with refreshing candor. 

Now, new details are emerging about the father-of-three thanks to the new documentary, Football, Prince William and our mental health. He says in a trailer for the film that growing up in the spotlight has taught him many lessons, one of them being that vulnerability is okay. “You can’t be ashamed of your mental health,” Prince William explains. “You’ve got to be able to look it in the eye and go, I’m gonna deal with it, here we go.”

And while others may overcome their personal struggles in the comfort of their therapist’s office or in their home surrounded by their friends, Prince William is pulling back the curtain to reveal what his experience has been like. 

To hear about how he has navigated fatherhood, public speaking and other challenges, continue reading. 

On Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking:

After years of public speeches, one never would’ve guessed that the Duke of Cambridge was afraid of speaking in front of crowds. But like his grandfather King George VI, it’s very much a problem William strove to overcome. His method of managing those fears? Essentially, blinding himself by removing his contact lenses during appearances. “It helps because it’s just a bit of a blur of faces, and because you can’t see anyone looking at you,” he explains in the documentary, according to The Sun. “I could see enough to read the paper and stuff like that, but I couldn’t actually see the whole room.”

He adds, “Because I couldn’t see everyone’s eyes, you didn’t feel like the whole weight of the room is watching you.”

On His Desire to Use Football as a Way to Begin a Conversation About Mental Health:

As one of the leaders of the U.K., Prince William feels a sense of obligation to help those who may not know that there are resources available in times of need. He shares in the film that “suicide is the biggest killers of young men under 45,” but he and Head’s Up initially struggled to think of how to connect with this group. “We felt football was a good way to reach some of the hard-to-reach people to get them to talk about their feelings; to not let things get to a breaking point,” the father explains.


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