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Princes William and Harry mocked for their mental health initiatives

Not everyone is appreciative of Princes William and Harry’s openness in discussing mental health – particularly, losing their mother nearly 20 years ago. Katie Hopkins, a columnist for the Daily Mail, has criticised the royals for speaking so candidly.

This week alone, Prince William talked to Lady Gaga about the importance of talking about mental health and opening up with others. Additionally, Prince Harry gave a very personal interview with The Telegraph where he revealed that he spent two years living in chaos until he finally made a choice to seek counselling.

In her column, Hopkins said: “Is there any chance Prince William and Prince Harry could just put a sock in it for a bit and quit bleating on about their struggle for sanity?

“You can applaud their bravery and their honesty. You might even think it is nice to see the royals are actual humans with failings.

“But I prefer my royals cold. Ice cold. Like the Queen.

“I don’t want them to emote. I want them aloof and positively hostile.”

Ms Hopkins came under fire on social media for her scathing comments. One person said: “I can’t believe people (read: Katie Hopkins) are having a go at Princes William and Harry for speaking out about mental health issues.”

However, according to the charities and campaigners who have been fighting to remove this stigma of talking about mental health, a true turning point has been reached because of the Princes, and the viewpoint of Ms Hopkins is not a popular one.

Since Their Royal Highnesses revealed their personal struggles, the mental health charity Mind, has received an increase of 40% more calls per day. Paul Farmer, chief executive of said mental health charity, told The Standard: “This is a monumental time for mental health.

“It is inspiring to see Prince Harry speaking out about his experiences. It shows how far we have come in changing public attitudes to mental health that someone so high-profile can open up about something so difficult and personal.

“A number of callers specifically mentioned the impact the Royal Family had on their decision to call and said they felt it was important in helping to tackle stigma which sadly still surrounds mental health, which might otherwise prevent them from asking for support.”

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said: “This explosion of royals and celebrities speaking out about their own feelings inevitably causes controversy.

“But, if the result is that people feel liberated to talk about their own experiences and seek help if they become overwhelming or debilitating, it could help drive the change we so badly need in how mental health is perceived and treated.”

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