Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Prince William: Shock of my mother's death 'never left me'


"There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something's wrong with you".

The stigmas of mental illness and suicide have damaging results on everyone around us.

It's nearly been 20 years since Princess Diana tragically passed away, but Prince William still isn't completely over his mother's death.

Heads Together most recently launched a series of films centered around the importance of speaking up about mental health.

In response, Prince William says, "It's really important to have this conversation".

And he praised her bravery in revealing through an open letter a year ago that she lives with post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the call, she agreed to join William, Kate and Harry to continue to promote their Heads Together campaign when she visits London in October. "For me the little bits that I've learned so far about mental health is very much a case of it's okay to have this conversation, it's really important to have this conversation", Prince William said.

Lady Gaga and Prince William have teamed up to combat the stigma around mental health. When asked how she felt about sharing this deeply personal account, Gaga replied, "It made me very nervous at first".

"For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that's very hard to describe". He added, "The appetite has always been there, but I think we've all been quite surprised how many people out there have been wanting to talk about their own issues".

Watch the full Heads Together video above.

The duo also announced plans to continue working together including a meeting set for October in the United Kingdom. "I should be so happy.' But you can't help it if in the morning, when you wake up, you're so exhausted, you're so sad". "But it was like saying 'this is a part of me, and that's okay'". "The shock is the biggest thing [which] I still feel 20 years later, about my mother". "I read your open letter you wrote the other day, and I thought it was incredibly moving and very fearless of you to write down such personal feelings". "[Not talking about your mental health] is only going to lead to more problems down the line".

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