With many of his latest charitable efforts centred on ending the stigma around mental health, Prince Harry reveals that his late mother Princess Diana would be especially proud.
On Wednesday, the 32-year-old prince attended the opening of the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo in London, on behalf of his Heads Together campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which is this year’s charity of the year for the marathon.
The issue of mental health hits especially close to home for Harry, who recently revealed he struggled with mental health issues for years following his mother’s death.
In an interview with “Bryony Gordon’s Mad World” podcast last week, Prince Harry explained: “I started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, ‘There is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.'”
The Royal told reporters Wednesday that he knows his mother would be proud of his work on the Heads Together campaign: “I think she would be proud of the campaign, proud of everybody involved, proud of us, but specifically proud of the UK for having this conversation. He added, “The appetite has always been there, but I think we’ve all been quite surprised how many people out there have been wanting to talk about their own issues.”
Harry said he feels that Princess Di would be “overwhelmed and hugely encouraged by the fact that the UK, not known for wanting to talk about mental health issues, has suddenly got to this point and it’s only taken a year, specifically this week has really energized the whole nation, which is fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Duchess Kate Middleton also hosted marathon runners from the Heads Together team at Kensington Palace on Wednesday. The marathoners will be running to raise money and awareness for various mental health charities across the United Kingdom and each runner will also receive a handwritten note from the Royals to wish them luck.