Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Prince William FaceTimes Lady Gaga As Part Of His Heads Together Drive
The pair joined forces from his London study to the pop star's kitchen in Los Angeles in the Heads Together #oktosay film series.
The Royal Family's Facebook page hosted the World Premiere of the new film of the pair.
They discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #oktosay banner.
Following his brother Harry’s confession that he struggled to cope with their mother’s death, William pledged to ensure his children ‘grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions’.
The prince said for too long it has been taboo or weak to talk about personal issues. And he warns that while the traditional stiff upper lip has its place, it should not be at the expense of mental wellbeing.
William’s candid interview yesterday came as his brother brought mental health to the top of the agenda with a deeply personal account of his battle to cope with Princess Diana’s death.
Lady Gaga praised them for the 'beautiful stories' they told. Last year the Poker Face singer released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked her to get involved with the Heads Together campaign.
In their FaceTime call they discussed how opening up and having conversations about mental health was vital to shatter the stigma that still surrounds these issues.
Lady Gaga said she felt people with mental health challenges were 'not hiding anymore' with The Duke adding that it is time 'to feel normal about mental health – it's the same as physical health' and that good conversations can 'really make such a difference.'
The Duke and Lady Gaga also made plans to meet in the UK in October to discuss how they can work together and do more to tackle stigma on mental health with Lady Gaga saying 'we have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues.'