Nearly twenty years after Princess Diana's tragic death, Prince William is still reeling over the loss of his mother. Now, he and his family are eschewing royal tradition and speaking candidly about the gravity of mental health.
On Tuesday, April 18, The Duke of Cambridge FaceTimed with music royalty Lady Gaga (who suffers from PTSD). The pair spoke about the confines of mental health and discussed how they could collaboratively insert positive mental health awareness into the zeitgeist.
Prince William has long been a passionate advocate of mental health education—he has been an avid participant in the Heads Together Campaign alongside wife, Kate Middleton, and brother, Prince Harry. The foundation works to tackle stigma, raise awareness, and provide help to those impacted my mental health difficulties.
In addition to his FaceTime chat with Lady Gaga, Prince William will make an appearance in the two-part BBC documentary, Mind Over Marathon. The film, narrated by Nick Knowles, follows the stories of 10 runners who struggle with mental health issues.
Prince William says in the documentary, “I still feel 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me.” He goes on to candidly speak on the tragic loss of his mother, “People say shock can’t last that long, but it does. You never get over it. It’s such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it.”
Good on you, Prince William. We miss her too, Will. We miss her too.