I’ll never forget the day that Princess Diana died. It’s hard to believe that on August 31 this year, it will be twenty years since ‘The People’s Princess’ left the world in mourning after she was killed in a car accident in Paris alongside her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed.
Of all the things that have stuck with me from that time, it was the image of Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, that remain the strongest. The heartbreaking sight of two young men aged 15 and 12, dressed in black suits and mourning the loss of their mother in front of the world was one of the saddest things I’d ever seen. They looked so grown-up and composed, but I remember thinking that underneath that composure, on the inside, they would have been screaming.
And it turns out they were.
As part of Heads Together, a campaign striving to remove the stigma around mental illness, brothers William and Harry, along with William’s wife Kate, filmed a conversation about just how difficult that time really was for them. And it’s really, really sad. The fact is, no matter who you are or how much money or status you’ve got, when you lose someone you love, it changes your life as you know it. And that’s exactly what it did for these men…
Ever since Heads Together’s inception last year, William, Kate and Harry have been heavily involved in the campaign, participating in marathons, filming videos and speaking openly not only about their own struggles, but to others who are also dealing with mental health issues. Prince Harry said after speaking to other families he was inspired to share his own story because he “didn’t want them to have to go through the same things…you want to try help as much as you can and try and empower them to have that conversation.”
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said that Kate and Princes William and Harry were motivated to film their intimate conversation because, “having asked others to start conversations on mental health with their friends and families, they wanted to show that they are taking part as well. They hope the film shows how positive a conversation on mental health can be.”
Just as Princess Diana did years ago, her sons and daughter-in-law are using their profiles to draw attention to a cause that affects millions of people around the world in the hopes of making a difference. And I’ve got no doubt in my mind she’s looking down on them right now, feeling as proud as punch of the men her boys have become.