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The son of Prince Harry and Robin Williams opens up about the shared experience of public mourning


Prince Harry i Robin WilliamsHis son Zak has spoken of the grieving difficulties of a family member who was in public view.

The couple spoke on The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward, which aired on Apple TV early Friday and was followed by Oprah Winfrey and Harry’s docuseries.

Robin Williams, the four-time Oscar-winning actor, committed suicide in 2014.

Zak said: “From my end it was very difficult to initially separate the process of private mourning versus sharing grief with the general public.

“I didn’t really get a chance to focus on the private mourning process until a year and a half after my father’s death.”

Harry, whose mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, said: “I think we have a lot of shared experience when you talk about this … when you see so many people around the world suffering of someone who feels like they know better than you in a weird way because you’re not capable of hurting yourself.

“It’s like … how are you crying more for someone who was my father and I’m not able to regret it?”

The 90-minute show featured experts from The Me You Can’t See advisory board who discussed further issues raised during the five-part series on mental health.

Earlier in the docuseria, Harry said he was “a little embarrassed” by the way he dealt with Meghan sharing his suicidal thoughts before a charity event at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2019.

Harry picked up a point raised by Jo Robinson, head of research on suicide prevention at Orygen, about the importance of talking openly about suicide and self-harm.

This communication helps give voice to something that is “terribly distressing and terribly frightening for which they speak,” he said.

The Duke said: “I think it’s so interesting because a lot of people are afraid to get the conversation (about suicide) because they don’t feel like they have the right tools to be able to give the right advice but what you’re saying is that you’re there.

“Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is definitely the best first step you can take.”

Harry also told Oprah that he felt that mental health and climate change were “two of the most pressing issues we face and are, in many ways, related.”

“The connecting line is about our collective well-being and when our collective well-being erodes, it affects our ability to be carers of ourselves, our communities and our planet,” the Duke added. of Sussex.

“We need to create a more supportive culture where challenges do not have to live in the dark, where vulnerability is healthy and fostered, and of course, where physical and mental health can be treated equally because they are.”

Lady Gaga and Glenn Close also appeared in the series, with Gaga discussing her serious mental health struggles after being raped as a teenager.

Glenn returned to the special conversation and talked about the impact of Covid-19 on his well-being.

He told Harry and Winfrey, “It has directly affected my mental health. It helped me have a dog.

“I think – and I thought about it today – that we have gone through an incredible moment without precedent. For me, I think it’s as big a change in the world as it was on September 11th.

“We are now in a world in transformation. It will take us a while to be able to articulate to ourselves what has been the result of this as individuals. “

Useful websites and help lines

Ment, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service open 24 hours a day, every day 116 123 (UK and ROI: this number is FREE toT to call and will not appear on your phone bill).

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer an open hotline from 17:00 to 00:00, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, ia web chat service.

The mixture is a free assistance service for children under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or send an email help@themix.org.uk

Rethinking mental illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached at 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm). You can find more information at repensar.org.

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