Prince William news: ‘Subtle but telling’ insight into mental health – ‘scary’ revelation

A behind the scenes clip from Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health was posted on the Kensington Royal Instagram account. Discussing mental health he said: “Suicide is one of the biggest killers of young men under 45.

“It’s scary and it’s frightening and it’s real.”

“You know it’s weird because I’ve always loved football but I’ve loved football more than than I’ve ever loved it before and I don’t know what it is, whether it’s because I’m a parent now and I need football more in my life?

“I don’t know, maybe it is that.”

The programme saw William meet footballers, fans and managers as part of the #HeadsUp campaign, which has kicked off the biggest ever conversation on mental health, through football.

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But, what did Prince William’s body language reveal during the video?

Body language expert Judi James said: “His body language as he talks about men and mental health is subtle but telling.”

The expert claims the Duke of Cambridge is reflecting on the topic of mental health, having dealt with his own demons in the past.

“One minute he is authoritative,” Judi said, “with his brows raised and his head making small nods to emphasise his points and the next he uses the term ‘scary’, which sounds both like a euphemism and also like an expression of empathy as he takes a small pause and his eyes move to the right to suggest reflective thinking.”

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William has spoken about the toll losing his mother age 15 had on his mental health.

Princess Diana died in in August 1997.

Back in May, William said of the time in his life: “I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life, and that is your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, your emotions come back in leaps and bounds.

“Because it’s a very different phase of life and there’s no-one there to help you.”

He aded: “When it comes to our mental health, we – and, by we, I mean men in particular – often have nothing to say at all.

“The consequences of this silence – confusion, stigma, and even shame – have reached a crisis point in the UK.”

It has been suggested in the future William is not likely to call Kate “Kate”.

In a recent video William surprised when he referred to his wife as Catherine.

Body language expert Judi James told “It’s always a bit of a show-stopper when William calls his wife ‘Catherine’, rather than Kate, as he does during the Bingo here.

“The public have been calling her Kate or even ‘Kate Middleton’ for years and the more formal tag of Catherine sounds odd, especially at a visit where they are being down-to-earth and casual, like this one.”

But what does it mean to see William using his wife’s more official name, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge?

“Used at a visit like this it could be signal of the couples’ growing awareness and preparation for the roles they will eventually be taking but the fact that there’s never any body language response from Kate as he does so suggests this is the norm between them in public now.”

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