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Prince William Had A Crafty Trick To Avoid Anxiety Ridden Speeches

Princes are not immune to the nerves public speaking creates.

Prince William has revealed unconventional tactic he once employed to help deliver speeches in front of the important crowds that gave him anxiety – popping his contacts out, meaning he could read the paper in front of him, but rendering the crowd in front of him into a blur.

The Prince spoke of this technique in a BBC documentary set to air on Thursday evening, UK time titled ‘Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health’ as part of the Heads Up campaign to kick off a large conversation about men’s mental health through football, of which is one of the largest killers of UK men under 45-years.

In a preview for the documentary, the Prince opened up about how contacts helped him through some particularly anxiety-ridden moments.

"Certain days, especially certain speeches as well, when I was growing up, you definitely get a bit of anxiety about it."

"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."

Whilst the Prince doesn’t do this anymore, he said "Actually that really helped with my anxiety," at the time.

If you find yourself in need of help - for any reason - crisis support is available through Lifeline on 13 11 14.