Prince William reveals his poor eyesight helped with nerves when public speaking

Lawrence Kim
May 29, 2020

Prince William's intervention was broadcast on the BBC's The One Show tonight ahead of his new documentary Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health.

In the same documentary, William spoke to soccer player Marvin Sordell about the death of his mother, Diana, as part of a discussion about how becoming a parent can lead to the resurfacing of feelings from a traumatic event.

One Twitter user wrote: "I'm crying but it's all happy tears".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been staying in touch with frontline workers throughout the coronavirus crisis, dialling in on Zoom to thank them for their work and to keep their spirits up.

Another added: "Prince William is a truly genuine caring person".

A third person said: "I absolutely loved the documentary, I am so proud of Prince William for speaking on breaking the stigma around men's mental health".

During the programme, he speaks to a grassroots footballer suffering anxiety and reveals how his ageing eyesight helped to overcome nerves.

The Prince continued: "Where they feel that once they have this hero tag, they can no longer shake that, and therefore they can't ask for support, they have to be this strong pillar of strength, when in actual fact what we need them to be is examples of positive mental health".

Last year, the Duke of Cambridge opened up in a BBC documentary about the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, saying he felt "pain like no other" after her death in a auto crash in 1997 when he was 15 years old.

In the documentary, he revealed he thinks the stigma has come from Britain's reaction to two world wars in which people tried to forget the experience and "get on with life".

He tells one grassroots footballer, who has anxiety, that he did feel nervous about speeches when he was younger.

He said that while their roles were of utmost importance, it was also incredibly important that frontline workers are also "looking after themselves so that they come through this in one piece and we're not having broken NHS staff all over the country".

I could see enough to read the paper and stuff like that, but I couldn't actually see the whole room.

William was followed for the past year for the BBC film as he travelled around the country promoting his Heads Up initiative, which aims to raise awareness about mental health and encourage football supporters to speak about their problems or support a fellow fan. "And actually that really helped with my anxiety", he shared.

The duke, who is an Aston Villa fan, also talks about how football has become more important to him as he has got older.

Elsewhere in documentary Football, Prince William and our Mental Health, the royal - who has Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge - admitted becoming a father brought back the trauma of losing his mother, Princess Diana, in a auto crash in 1997.

He said: "You're like, "This has to go right".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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