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Prince William says shock of mother's death lingers 20 years on

20 April 2017, 05:12 | Myron Mathis

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Image Liewig Christian ABACA ABACA PA Images

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge                     Image Liewig Christian  ABACA ABACA  PA Images

Both royal brothers have spoken out as part of their campaign to raise awareness of mental health challenges and to encourage people to speak openly rather than bottle up their emotions.

On Tuesday, William released a video chat with US pop star Lady Gaga, who has battled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after she was raped aged 19, and warned British men that keeping a "stiff upper lip" and not speaking about their feelings was detrimental to mental health. (I thought) it's only going to make you sad, it's not going to bring her back.

"There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something's wrong with you", the singer told Prince William from her home in Hollywood. "And in my life I go 'Oh my goodness, look at all these lovely and wonderful things that I have, and I should be so happy'".

In an open letter published a year ago on the website of her Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga revealed that she was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"It was like saying, "this is a part of me and that's OK", she said.

Although they seemed to get along brilliantly - that's what the British would say, right? - their friendly conversation had a serious goal: It's part of the Duke of Cambridge (that's William), the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry's Heads Together campaign to raise awareness of mental illness. "It's the same as physical health".

It's nearly been 20 years since Princess Diana tragically passed away, but Prince William still isn't completely over his mother's death.

He told the Daily Telegraph that it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief - after two years of "total chaos" and coming close to a "complete breakdown".

She said: "Even though it was hard, (it was) the best thing that could come out of my mental illness was to share it with other people and let our generation, as well as other generations, know that if you are feeling not well in your mind that you're not alone and that people that you think would never have a problem, do".

"I still have shock within me".

Her husband took his own life days later. Lady Gaga spoke to the Duke of Cambridge over FaceTime located in Los Angeles and London respectively.

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