Prince Harry has previously admitted that he struggled with his own mental health while dealing with the media and processing the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William has also spoken about the importance of maintaining good mental health but has rarely explained his personal struggles. CEO of mental health clinic Smart TMS, Gerrard Barnes, explained the key reason for the brother’s different approaches to discussing this topic.
During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Barnes claimed Harry is free to talk about his personal struggles as he is not in line for the throne in the same way that Prince William is.
Prince William is set to become King in the future because he is second in line to the throne while Prince Harry is sixth, after Prince William’s children.
Mr Barnes said: “Harry has a different role in the monarchy if he even has any role at all at the moment.
“Prince Harry is not an heir to thrown in a direct way that Prince William is, he is able to speak out in ways that William doesn’t feel able to talk about.
“He has got more latitude and opportunity than William.
“One would hope that if Prince William has any mental health issues of his own he has a support network around him.
“People he can rely on when he needs them, these people, you would imagine are confidential.
“They keep these things to themselves as it would not be good for these things to become public without his say so.”
Mr Barnes also claimed it was crucial for people during the coronavirus pandemic to seek help if they feel they need more support.
The Smart TMS Mental Health support helpline hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
The UK callers should dial +44(0) 20 3855 4578 and callers from Ireland should dial +353 1592 3560.