Prince William says shock of mother's death never left him
Apr 21 2017 by Francis Osborne
"There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness; you feel like something is wrong with you", Lady Gaga said from her Los Angeles kitchen. Everybody has mental health.
It comes a day after Harry revealed that he spent years in "total chaos" as he struggled to deal with his emotions following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12.
In the two-part documentary, William speaks to a group of 10 runners living with or affected by different mental health issues, as they prepare for the start of the marathon on Sunday.
Prince William said: "The shock is the biggest thing".
In the letter, which she penned in December 2016, Gaga revealed that she suffers from PTSD after having been raped at age 19.
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.
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Harry said he feels that Princess Di would be "overwhelmed and hugely encouraged by the fact that the United Kingdom, not known for wanting to talk about mental health issues, has suddenly got to this point and it's only taken a year, specifically this week has really energized the whole nation, which is fantastic".
Asked by Prince William how it felt for her to speak out about her diagnosis for the first time, she admitted to being "very nervous", and gave fans more insight into the crippling pain she had to overcome.
Gaga replied saying that "waking up everyday and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe". She adds, "you can't help it if in the morning when you wake up you are so exhausted, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think. But [writing the letter] was like saying, this is a part of me, and that's OK". "It's really important to have this conversation and that you won't be judged".
The pop star lent her support to the Royal Family's Heads Together campaign. For him, it is very important to "break open that fear, that taboo", and that being open about it is the best start in addressing mental illnesses. "I still feel, 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me".
Hot on the heels of his brother talking about his own mental illness, Prince William has FaceTimed with Lady Gaga to talk about hers. To share it with other people and let our generation as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind, you are not alone.