The royals have a message: It’s okay to speak up.
Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry sat down for an honest conversation about mental health in a video for their Heads Together campaign, encouraging everyone to speak openly about the personal issues they may face.
“A young mother actually said that to me … she said actually, ‘just talking to somebody. Having those conversations’ is like medicine for her,” Kate says in the clip. “That is the point, is that actually it’s okay to have that conversation, even if it is uncomfortable or awkward.”
The footage is part of the Heads Together campaign’s “#OktoSay” series, in which the royals address the positive effects of opening up about emotional changes. The organization aims to combat the stigma around mental health and Will, Kate and Harry have each opened up over the past week about the issues they face.
Kate then asked Will and Harry whether working on the campaign has made them think about the ways in which they coped with their mother’s death as young teenagers.
“We have been brought closer as a result of the circumstances as well,” said Prince William. “You are uniquely bonded because of what we’ve been through. Even Harry and I though, over the years, have not talked enough about our mother.”
Prince Harry agreed, adding: “Never enough.”
Kate drew on her own experiences as a new mother, noting that welcoming a first child is often a “life-changing moment.”
“Nothing can really prepare you for that. I remember the first few days with little [Prince] George, you have no idea, really, what you’re doing,” she says. “No matter how many books you read.”
William adds: “There’s no rule book. There’s no training that teaches you how to do it. You just learn from previous generations and hope that you can translate it into what, you know, what you want to do.”
Kate and William are parents to George, 3, and nearly 2-year-old Princess Charlotte.
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“The London Marathon is, to some people, a year in the making. This is their opportunity to put closure on an issue. This is their opportunity to be part of something amazing. It’s really exciting for all of us to be part of that, I think,” Harry says in the video.
“Everybody in the marathon being given a headband. People running for all sorts of different reasons. But as you guys have clearly pointed out over and over again, you could draw 150 charities everybody’s running for around in a circle and in the middle will be mental health. It’s the one thing that binds everything together.”