Prince Harry Confesses To Having Social Anxiety


Prince Harry confessed to having social anxiety on Monday in honor of World AIDS Day and the #FeelNoShame campaign.

In a video message, the 30-year-old admitted that despite his seemingly outgoing personality he suffers from nerves just before addressing an audience or walking into a room full of people.

“Despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before going into rooms full of people when I'm wearing a suit,” he said. “No matter how big the crowd or the audience.”

Public appearances are probably even more difficult for Prince Harry, considering his father the Princes of Wales is known to give speeches without notes and the Queen hardly ever appears to be nervous. She is also known to use well-timed jokes to put hosts at ease.

He joked that he might be more worried about what people think of him now that he admitted to having social anxiety, then encouraged other people to share their secrets without shame for the campaign.

The #FeelNoShame campaign aims to raise awareness of how eradicating shame and stigma can help those with HIV lead safer and fuller lives. By empowering those with the virus, they will be more likely to seek medical support and education about their condition.

"To show our support for the children of Lesotho, and help reduce the stigma for all those affected by HIV, we are turning this World Aids Day into a day in which no-one should feel any shame about their secrets,” the Prince said.

Harry launched the campaign and co-founded Sentebale, a charity dedicated to providing help to young HIV victims in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, in 2006. Lesotho has the third highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world after Swaziland and Botswana. The charity provides hot food, medication, education and psycho-social support for children in Lesotho.

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