Prince William speaks with Lady Gaga on mental health

It was a FaceTime call.

During the conversation, Gaga admits to her own battles and says: "There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something's wrong with you".

Gaga agreed, saying, "Even though it was hard, 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. we have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalize mental health issues so that people feel like they can come forward".

William concluded: "It's time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it's the same as physical health".

The video, posted on the Royal Family's Facebook page, is the newest film in the #oktosay series, which shows people from all walks of life discussing their own mental health challenges.

The Prince, who was just 12 when his Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a auto crash in Paris on August 31 1997, said of his mother: "I think from her perspective she would be overwhelmed and hugely encouraged by the fact that the United Kingdom - not known for wanting to talk about mental health issues - has suddenly got to this point".

"I should be so happy, but you can't help it when in the morning you wake up, you are so exhausted, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can't barely think", she told 34-year-old Prince William.

The singer, who past year revealed she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after she was sexually assaulted, spoke candidly to Prince William in a video interview.

Last year, Gaga opened up for the first time about her experience of PTSD, an anxiety disorder which can be triggered by any traumatic event. They made plans to have an October meeting in the UK.

Prince William has said the shock of his mother's death "never left him", days after his brother Harry revealed he needed counselling after Princess Diana was killed in a auto crash in Paris.

  • Ernesto Newman