Prince William is trying to get men to open up about their mental health, CNN reports, and he has revealed an unusual way of managing his nerves.
For a new documentary on the issue, the prince offered his own way of dealing with public speaking anxiety: not wearing his contact lenses.
In a preview from the documentary “Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health,” which will air on Thursday in the UK, an interviewer asked the prince: “I wonder if you suffered anxiety, obviously because you’ve got people looking at you 24/7?”
“Certain days, especially certain speeches as well, when I was growing up, you definitely get a bit of anxiety about it,” William admitted.
“Weirdly the sort of thing that helped me which I didn’t actually realize at the time, was … my eyesight started to sort of tail off a little bit when I got older and I didn’t used to wear contacts when I was working.
“So actually when I gave speeches, I couldn’t see anyone’s face,” he said. “And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces.”
The prince, who said he wears contact lenses now, told the interviewer that at the time he could see the paper in front of him but not the whole room. “Actually that really helped with my anxiety,” he said.
The documentary will air Thursday evening in the UK and follows William’s campaign to engage British men in the issue of mental health.