Prince William has been famous literally since he was born. That comes with the territory when you're the future king of England and your parents are Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
But just because he was born into a world of wealth and privilege doesn't mean William doesn't have human emotions and anxieties just like the rest of us. And it turns out he's got a handy trick for dealing with the nerves that come with all those public speeches he has to give, which he revealed during a new BBC documentary called Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health, which confronts the stigma surrounding the issue for men.
"My eyesight started to tail off a little bit as I got older, and I didn’t use to wear contacts when I was working, so actually when I gave speeches I couldn’t see anyone’s face," he says in the doc, per People. "And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces and because you can't see anyone looking at you—I can see enough to read the paper and stuff like that—but I couldn’t actually see the whole room. And actually that really helps with my anxiety."
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The Duke of Cambridge has met players, fans and managers from grassroots to the elite as part of #HeadsUp, a campaign to kick off the biggest ever conversation on mental health, through football. The documentary ‘Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health’ will be broadcast on Thursday 28 May at 20:05 BST on BBC One. In this preview of the documentary The Duke and former footballer Marvin Sordell discuss how feelings from a traumatic event can resurface when becoming a parent. #FootballPrinceWilliamAndOurMentalHealth @Heads_Together
Who among us cannot relate? Giving speeches or work presentations can be so stress-inducing whether it's going to be broadcast around the world or not. Plus, we always love to see William opening up about mental health, a cause dear to his and wife Kate Middleton's hearts.
In the documentary, he also opened up about how becoming a parent to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis opened up old wounds about the death of his own mother.
"Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is," he said. "I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life, and that is like you say, your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds."
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But he also says he has the support of a great partner. "Me and Catherine, particularly, we support each other and we go through those moments together and we kind of evolve and learn together," William said. "I can completely relate to what you're saying about children coming along—it's one of the most amazing moments of life, but it's also one of the scariest."
Hopefully, they all give him great notes on his speeches too.
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