Prince William has been a vocal advocate for mental health issues, especially when it came to opening up male masculinity and the thin frame it endows upon people. In a new documentary produced with the BBC, he talks about how he handles public stress as well as his rather extraordinary ways of managing nerves. One such method is not wearing contact lenses for his bad eyesight.
In a preview from the documentary “Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health,” airing Thursday in the UK, an interviewer asked the prince: “I wonder if you suffered anxiety, obviously because you’ve got people looking at you 24/7?”
“Certain days, especially certain speeches as well, when I was growing up, you definitely get a bit of anxiety about it,” William explained, adding that he felt a need to “get it right.” “Weirdly the sort of thing that helped me which I didn’t actually realize at the time, was… my eyesight started to sort of tail off a little bit when I got older and I didn’t used to wear contacts when I was working.
So actually when I gave speeches, I couldn’t see anyone’s face,” he said.“And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces. ” The prince, who said he wears contact lenses now, told the interviewer that at the time he could see the paper in front of him but not the whole room.
“Actually that really helped with my anxiety,” he said.
The said documentary set for release on Thursday will capture the efforts made by the Duke of Cambridge, tackling British men on mental crises, utilizing football as a means of getting men to break out from their social mentality constraints and restrictions.
The scenes will also capture him speaking to the soccer player Marvin Sordell about the loss of his late mother, Princess Diana, in the topic of how to come out of a traumatic stress disorder through becoming a parent oneself.He has made these particularly sensual but candid remarks on other documentaries as well, citing “pain like no other” when he had suffered her death on 1997 at the young adolescent age of only being 15.
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