Lady Gaga talks to Prince William about PTSD and mental illness

Nick Mcbride
April 19, 2017

His candid interview has already prompted new conversations about how we deal with mental health issues in childhood and adulthood. Lady Gaga, who a year ago spoke out about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, places the call from her kitchen in California, and William answers at his desk in Kensington Palace.

"Absolutely, and it's time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health it's the same as physical health", Prince William said.

Speaking to Bryony Gordon's "Mad World" podcast for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Prince Harry said: "Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I've now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else".

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.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched Heads Together last May with eight charity partners to encourage people to talk about their mental health challenges.

The conversation ends with a deal to meet up when Gaga visits London in October. You never get over it. There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness.

"For me, waking up every day feeling sad and having to go on stage is very hard to describe", she said.

"We have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues, so that people feel like they can come forward".

The 32-year-old royal was just 12 years old when he lost his mother in 1997 after she was tragically killed in a auto crash in Paris, France, at the age of 36, and has admitted he nearly suffered a "complete breakdown" as he grew up determined not to think about the loss.

Lady Gaga said talking more openly about mental health would allow people dealing with it to feel like "we are not hiding any more".

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"It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo", Prince William says. YouGov research published by Heads Together yesterday found 57% of 18 to 24-year-olds had a conversation about mental health in the past three months, compared with 44% of those aged 50-64 and 32% of people over 65.

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