Prince Harry may be a royal but in some ways, he’s not that different from the rest of us. Despite his official duties and public appearances, Harry has shared a secret with the world — though it’s probably not what you think. Prince William‘s younger brother has admitted that he gets “anxious” when it comes to public speaking. Although you may have thought his biggest fear is marriage or commitment, it’s putting on a suit and speaking in front of large groups of people that has him shaking in his wingtips.
Harry made his personal confession in a non-descript blue room, casually dressed in a sweatshirt with a red ribbon pinned to it (in honour of World AIDS Day). The prince is deeply passionate about the cause as he is patron of Sentebale, a charity which works with children in Lesotho, Africa, as they fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Harry helped start a Twitter campaign of #FeelNoShame, encouraging the public to share their personal stories. “Thousands of children are needlessly dying because they are too ashamed to talk about HIV and seek support,” the charity captions in Harry’s video. “That’s why on World AIDS Day, Sentebale launched the #FeelNoShame campaign, which celebrates the sharing of secrets — spreading the word that eradicating stigma and shame, saves lives.”
Harry revealed: “Today, World AIDS Day, my secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience. 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. “Now that I’ve confessed that, I’ll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me,” he added. “But thank you very much for everyone who’s taken part, and I must encourage as many people to get involved as possible.” For someone who dutifully makes appearances and speeches in front of many, it’s kind of a huge thing. So good for him for conquering his fear each and every time he gets out there. Way to go, Harry!