Sitting around a wooden table in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London, Princes William and Harry and Duchess Kate discuss the difficulties of life and the importance of being able to confide in someone.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 21, 2017
At the beginning of the clip, Prince Harry asks why their campaign is called “Heads Together” and his sister-in-law tells him it was his idea, evoking the causes that each of the three of them is dedicated to and stressing that one of the common points is related to mental health.
The video lasting for about seven minutes was published on the official Facebook page of the royal family. The three go uncensored in admitting their own personal struggles.
The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, evokes the first difficult days after the birth of Prince George.
“Having a child, particularly your first child, is such a life-changing moment. Nothing can really prepare you for that,” she explained, before turning to her husband with a smile and saying, “Remember the first few days with little George? You have no idea, really, what you are doing, no matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it.” [via HELLO!]
“There’s no rule book, there’s no training that teaches you how to do it, you’ve just got to learn from previous generations and hope that translates into what you want to do,” said William. “When you have children, it really does put your own emotions and your own life into perspective and it has been very interesting why I get so upset about some things and why some things really affect me. I thought I was quite straight down the line, but I’m actually, I feel quite a lot more than I used to do.”
The two brothers reveal what they felt when they lost their mother, Lady Diana, when they were only young teenagers.
They acknowledge that they did not, at the time, sufficiently discuss their suffering among themselves.
“We have been brought closer because of the circumstances as well, that’s the thing. You are uniquely bonded because of what we’ve been through,” William says. “But even Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother.”
His brother Harry adds: “I always thought to myself, you know, ‘what’s the point of bringing up the past, what’s the point of bringing up something that’s only going to make you sad? It ain’t going to change it, it ain’t going to bring her back.’ And when you start thinking like that it, can be really damaging.”
“When you speak to other people’s families and little kids and stuff you think ‘wow, I don’t want them to go through the same things,'” he explained. “With a little bit of experience you want to do everything you can to help to stop them bottling it up.”
The video highlights the extent to which the “Heads Together” campaign has gone to address the stigma around mental health.