Prince William Has Poor Eyesight, But It Is Actually a Blessing in Disguise

There are a lot of things that the world knows about Prince William, such as his family, work, and past dating life. However, perhaps one thing many fans might not know much about is his poor eyesight.

While having poor eyesight might not seem like a fun thing to most people, William revealed he can see one positive side to it. In fact, it is a blessing in disguise that has helped him with his mental health.

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Prince William recently appeared in a documentary about mental health

William has been speaking out about mental health for years now. He and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, make promoting mental health an important part of their work as representatives of the royal family. For example, they started an initiative called Heads Together in 2016 to “tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services,” as described on its website.

The couple has also made this an important part of their family life. They are open about the fact that they try to be emotionally available for their children and often work to help the youngsters understand their feelings.

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, William also filmed a documentary for the BBC called Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health. The documentary aired in the UK on May 28, and fans got to see William tackle the issue of mental health with soccer players, coaches, and fans.

The BBC’s website describes it as a documentary which follows “Prince William’s campaign to get British men to open up about mental health issues by using football as a way to get men talking and to break the taboo around the issue.”

Prince William shared his poor eyesight helps him overcome anxiety

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Today The Duke of Cambridge, President of @unitedforwildlife, attended the second joint meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces. Since their formation, the Transport and Financial Taskforces have supported over 70 law investigations, contributed to 18 trafficker arrests and played a key role in disrupting a major international ivory, rhino horn and heroin syndicate in East Africa. Today’s meeting, at which both The Duke and President Kenyatta of Kenya spoke, provided an opportunity to lay the foundations for the next phase of action in the Taskforce’s work to make it impossible to use private sector infrastructure to facilitate the financing and transportation of Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) products. Speaking on the Taskforces' work and achievements so far, The Duke said: • "Everything that you do to root out corruption, improve your processes and techniques, and flag suspicious activity to law enforcement, helps make this trade too risky for criminals to stomach. • This commitment from the transport and financial sectors is crucial because sadly the demand for wildlife products has not diminished. • I am delighted to welcome all of those new members here today. Please, please bring new ideas to the table, maintain and increase our momentum, and play your part in ending this abhorrent crime." • Photos by PA / Kensington Palace. #EndWildlifeCrime

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In the documentary, William opened up about his own struggle with anxiety. He revealed he used to be quite nervous when making speeches, but as his eyesight deteriorated, it has helped make this issue better.

“Certain days, especially certain speeches as well when I was growing up, you definitely get a bit of anxiety,” William shared. “My eyesight started to tail off a little bit as 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. And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces and because you can’t see anyone looking at you—I can see enough to read the paper and stuff like that—but I couldn’t actually see the whole room. And actually that really helps with my anxiety.”

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William’s documentary goes against the “stiff upper lip” policy that has dominated the royal family for generations. Royals are often expected to “never explain, never complain” and present a neutral façade to the public. It goes without saying that mental health has not been a top priority either.

However, it looks like William is now over such policy. In the documentary, he urged men to rethink the societal expectations for them to keep their feelings hidden. William said: “Why do we still have a taboo and a stigma about mental health? … Right now we have to start questioning whether that’s relevant in today’s world and how we’re living. And it’s not.”