GQ has taken an at home picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte and their dog Lupo relaxing under a tree for their upcoming issue where the Duke speaks to the magazine about mental health and Heads Together.
In the issue to be released later this week, Prince William opens up to Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former doctor. He speaks about how it is only now, after 20 years, he is able to speak about his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales’ death.
“I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me said that she won’t, that they will never know her,” Prince William expressed.
The Duke also spoke about the hopes for Heads Together: “Smashing the taboo is our biggest aim. We cannot go anywhere much until that is done.
“People can’t access services till they feel less ashamed, so we must tackle the taboo, the stigma, for goodness sake this is the 21st century.
“I’ve been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness. I just don’t understand it.
“I know I come across as quite reserved and shy, I don’t always have my emotions brewing, but behind closed doors I think about the issues, I get very passionate about things. I rely on people around me for opinions, and I am a great believer in communication on these issues.
“I cannot understand how families, even behind closed doors, still find it so hard to talk about it. I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have.
“Because mental illness is inside our heads, invisible, it means others tread so carefully, and people don’t know what to say, whereas if you have a broken leg in plaster, everyone knows what to say.”
Other hopes Prince William has also include the hope for a more normal life for his children: “I could not do my job without the stability of the family. Stability at home is so important to me.
‘”I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents.
“I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”