This weekend Prince Harry spoke openly for the first time about his experiences with mental health, and now Prince William has followed his lead.
As part of Heads Together #oktosay campaign, Prince William chatted with Lady Gaga about her experiences with mental health via Skype, and the video was shared this morning via the Royal Family's Facebook page.
The Duke of Cambridge asked the singer to be involved with the campaign following the open letter she wrote last year about suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being raped aged 19.
‘There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something's wrong with you,’ Lady Gaga explained.
‘In my life I go, “oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have, I should be so happy”, but you can't help it if in the morning when you wake up you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think. It was like saying, “this is a part of me and that's OK”,’ she continued.
‘It's time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it's the same as physical health. Everybody has mental health and we shouldn't be ashamed of it and just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference,’ Prince William told Lady Gaga.
In an interview for CALMzine, the charity magazine aimed at tackling mental health in men, Prince William praised the high profile figures speaking out.
‘Attitudes are changing and this is being helped by high-profile people talking about their experience,’ he said.
‘Men like Professor Green, Freddie Flintoff and Rio Ferdinand have led the way and made films for Heads Together showing the conversations they have had about pressures on their mental health.’
‘There may be a time and a place for the ‘stiff upper lip’, but not at the expense of your health. If you don’t acknowledge how you feel it will only bottle up, and could reassert itself later as illness,’ he told the magazine.
And this continues into his personal life, in particular with his own family.
‘Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,’ he said