Lady Gaga, Prince William shine light on stigma of mental health

William explained that because of the loss he's suffered he is very passionate about mental health and advocates for those who need help through his Heads Together campaign, which he promotes with wife Princess Kate, 35, and brother Prince Harry, 32.

He also told Lady G that he'd read her open letter on mental health, saying: "I felt it was incredibly moving and very fearless of you to write down such personal feelings and I wanted to ask you how you found speaking out and how it made you feel". In the video, the pair enjoyed a candid conversation over FaceTime from their respective homes in London and Los Angeles.

The BBC1 film airs on Thursday, but at a preview screening on Tuesday William, in an unscripted speech, spoke of how his mother's death had spurred him on to tackle the issue of mental health.

"I should be so happy, but you can't help it when in the morning you wake up, you are so exhausted, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can't barely think", she told 34-year-old Prince William.

In a video watched by around 15,000 people live on Facebook, William and Lady Gaga chatted about how important speaking freely about mental health can be in helping to shatter the stigma around it. "You feel like something it's wrong with you", Lady Gaga said to William.

It's nearly been 20 years since Princess Diana tragically passed away, but Prince William still isn't completely over his mother's death.

His younger brother Prince Harry has said he spent almost 20 years "not thinking" about Diana's vehicle crash in August 1997.

"Throughout all our charity work from veterans to homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health issues".

"We know that this will have a huge impact on people who are still struggling in silence with their mental health - every time someone in the public eye speaks up we know that it encourages ordinary members of the public to do the same". "You won't be judged. You just learn to deal with it", William said.

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. "It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only gonna lead to more problems down the line".

  • Salvatore Jensen