Harry, William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, first started championing mental health together, when they campaigned to break the social stigma surrounding it and launched their ‘Heads Together’ initiative. The Cambridges have continued working on this and other similar ventures with the Royal Foundation in recent years, while Harry has changed his approach since leaving the Firm last year. His charitable work shows how the rebellious royal still has many of the same passions as his older brother.
But, Harry is now the first chief impact officer of the US-based coaching and mental health company, BetterUp, and most recently released a docuseries with TV presenter Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV+ called The Me You Can’t See.
This programme made headlines around the world as the Duke of Sussex revealed more details about his personal struggle behind Palace walls.
Oprah, too, lifted the lid on her own difficulties, as did an array of other famous faces, from actor Glenn Close, to the son of late comic Robin Williams, Zak Williams — and internationally renowned popstar Lady Gaga.
The five-part series saw each star discuss their own personal experiences. Gaga revealed how she endured a “total psychotic break” at the beginning of her music career.
The intimate series also used her real name Stefani, and saw her candidly discuss her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This was not the first time she had spoken about this traumatising experience; in 2020, she joined Oprah on her Vision Tour and spoke about her experiences.
Oprah told the audience of 15,000: “Rarely is someone so famous so honest.”
This year, Gaga told The Me You Can’t See: “I went through a really crazy time in my head that I still work on and I’m trying to make sure that I give back with that experience instead of just locking it away and faking it.”
She also revealed that she had processed most of that trauma in the last two and a half years, but added that in that time, “I won an Oscar” and “nobody knew” of her difficulties.
But, Gaga also made headlines four years ago, back in 2017 when she opened up about her mental health in a conversation with Prince William.
She first revealed she had post-traumatic stress disorder in 2016 during a TV interview to a homeless shelter, before penning an open letter about her experience.
The Duke of Cambridge got in touch with her after reading Gaga’s letter about her “daily effort” to combat her “panic” and “triggers from the memories I carry”.
Speaking over FaceTime for Heads Together, Gaga told the royal that she had been “very nervous at first” when it came to discussing the realities of her mental health, but that addressing it had changed her life.
She told him: “For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe.
“There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something’s wrong with you.
“In my life, I go, ‘Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have, 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.
“It was like saying, ‘this is a part of me and that’s OK’.”
William then told Gaga: “It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels normal about mental health, it’s the same as physical health.”
He added: “It’s OK to have this conversation, it’s really important to have this conversation and that you won’t be judged.”
Their exchange took place just after William, Harry and Kate released a video of them having a candid conversation about their difficulties.
Harry admitted that William had encouraged him to seek professional help when he was struggling to process the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Gaga had planned to meet William when she went to the UK later in October 2017, but it’s not known if this went ahead.
But, in 2019 William went on to visit LGBTQ+ charity, becoming the first royal to do so, The Albert Kennedy Trust, back in 2019, after the singer allegedly encouraged him to.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK