Being royalty certainly doesn’t exclude you from problems that all people might have, because after all, (British) royalty or not, you are what you essentially are – human.
And this is true, even though we’re used to seeing the British royal family reserved and not showing an excess of emotions, headlines have emerged of them talking about their feelings. Prince Harry opened up about the struggles with mental health when his mom, Princess Diana passed away, and then William also started talking.
He choked up in front of a gathering of BBC reporters.
“You know we are uniquely bonded because of what we’ve been through. But you know even Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother.”
While Harry replies: “No, never enough.
Prince William also heaped praise on the singer Lady Gaga over Skype for coming out about her own mental health battle.
“It’s interesting to see and hear from you how much having that conversation has really made a difference to you,” William said in a video. “It’s important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only going to lead to more problems down the line.”
Gaga went through a sexual assault when she was 19, and she wrote about her struggles with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. She was one of the first celebrities of our time to talk about mental health.
Prince Harry said that he spent 20 years “not thinking” about his mother’s death, and only sought help after years of “chaos”.
The two brothers and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, lately have been working with a charity called HeadsTogether and they hope to eliminate the stigma around mental health.
Different problems or repression can also have a huge impact on mental health and behavior. Depression is the leading cause of disability where over 15 million American’s are suffering from it. And this is something the Royals are trying to fix. With every appearance and interview about mental health, organizations see a huge uptick in donations.
“Hearing public figures say they’ve felt better after opening up can help chip away at feelings of embarrassment, meaning more guys will seek support when they need it,” said Simon Gunning, CEO of Campaign Against Living Miserably, an organization devoted to furthering the treatment of mental illness.
Of course that getting men to talk about their feelings has always been a struggle, only 37% of patients in therapy are males.
“There may be a time and a place for the ‘stiff upper lip’, but not at the expense of your health,” William told CALMzine.