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  • Hello Prince William.

  • Hello Lady Gaga.

  • Good morning. Well, it's afternoon there.

  • Yeah exactly. Good morning. Good afternoon!

  • It is. And I am so grateful to speak to you.

  • I'm a very big fan of what you've done with Heads Together and #oktosay,

  • the videos with Anni and Jo, the beautiful films that you've made with the Heads Together campaign.

  • They told beautiful stories and it reminded me how much my mental health changing changed my life.

  • You're really kind to say so.

  • I mean, Harry, Catherine and I really felt this was such an important area that throughout all our charitable work,

  • whether it was the veterans, homelessness, addiction, most of it seem to stand back to mental health issues,

  • and you know, I read your open letter you wrote the other day

  • and I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings,

  • and I wanted you ask you very much what you, how you found speaking out, and how it made you feel?

  • It made me very nervous at first, for me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe.

  • There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness.

  • You feel like something is wrong with you.

  • And in my life, I go "oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have, and 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.

  • But it was like saying, this is a part of me, and that's okay.

  • It's interesting to see and hear from you how much having that conversation or having that, that sort of, that ability to speak to someone really made a difference to you.

  • I think, for me, the little bits that I've learned so far about mental health is very much a case of,

  • you know, it's okay to have this conversation. It's really important to have this conversation.

  • And that, you won't be judged. It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only gonna lead to more problems down the line.

  • Yes. It can make a huge difference. I feel like we are not hiding anymore.

  • We're starting to talk. And that's what we need to do, really.

  • Absolutely. It's time that everyone speaks up and really, you know, it feels very normal about mental health. It's the same as physical health.

  • Everybody has mental health and that we shouldn't be ashamed of it and that,

  • just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.

  • Even though it was hard, it was the best thing that could come out of my mental illness,

  • was to share it with other people and let our generation as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind,

  • that you're not alone. And that people that you think would never have a problem do.

  • Absolutely. That's fantastic, and I hear you're potentially coming over to the UK in October.

  • Yes.

  • Be great if when you are over here, we can meet up and maybe have a chat.

  • It's a bit more, you know, get our heads together, and how much more we can do to tackle this.

  • I would love that. We have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalize mental health issues,

  • so that people feel like they can come forward.

  • I can't thank you enough for speaking with us today. And I really appreciate it.

  • Thank you! Thank you Prince William. Have a beautiful day!

  • Thank you. Bye bye!

  • Bye.

Hello Prince William.

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Lady Gaga + Prince William | Heads Together | #oktosay

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