Prince William’s shock friendship with the Archbishop of Canterbury in ‘uncertain times’

Prince William’s shock friendship with the Archbishop of Canterbury in ‘uncertain times’

The Duke of Cambridge has been an outspoken advocate for mental health, supporting multiple charities for the cause.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that William encouraged him to seek help for his depression.

Welby has a close relationship with William and his brother, Harry, and is understood to have spoken to both about his battles with depression.

Writing in The Sunday Times today, Justin Welby said: “I am deeply grateful to His Royal Highness for speaking publicly about mental health and hope it might encourage others who are suffering alone to seek help and support.

“It encouraged me to seek help when I was struggling, help which was effective.”

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William and Harry, whose children were all baptised by Welby, are also believed to have confided in the archbishop about their own mental health challenges.

The archbishop has spoken about his struggle with the “black dog”, admitting: “I have those moments . . . when objectively everything is fine, but you think you are, beyond description, hopeless.”

He recently sought professional help and has taken medication.

Welby was raised by alcoholic, divorced parents in a “noisy, disturbed childhood”, and discovered in 2016 that his biological father was not Gavin Welby but Sir Anthony Montague Browne, a private secretary to Winston Churchill.

He said in the address: “I want to encourage anyone who has concerns about their own mental health, or that of others, to reach out.

“For some that may be through prayer and quiet reflection; for others it could be talking to a fellow parishioner, friend or family member about how they are feeling.

“Whoever you talk to . . . finding the words to open up can be a life-changing step.”

The Duke of Cambridge also spoke to former footballer Marvin Sordell in an upcoming BBC documentary about how fatherhood reopened his grief about his mother, Princess Diana.

‘Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health’ saw the Prince say: “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is . . . I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life . . . my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds.”

He described parenthood as “a very different phase of life — there’s no one there to help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming.

“Emotionally, things come out of the blue that you don’t ever expect or that maybe you think you’ve dealt with.”

He has said he tells his children “constantly” about Diana, adding: “It’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”

Published at Mon, 25 May 2020 05:22:00 +0000