Jonathan Trott, Rio Ferdinand, Prince Harry and Iwan Thomas at the Heads Together barbecue at Kensington Palace in London. Picture: Thoughts Together/ PA
Ferdinand later told the broadcaster: Hes[ Harry] are going through different stages in his life that my teenagers are going to be going towards. So, to get some of its own experience is very rewarding for me and exceedingly educational in many ways.
Harry said afterward: It is very easy to look at person like Rio Ferdinand and say, You get paid all the money in countries around the world, you are a successful footballer, you have fast cars. But at the end of the day his wife was snatched from him during the early stages of his life with her. So, of course “hes going to” digest, it doesnt content if he has an astonishing job.
The prince said the event was an opportunity to show that even unflappable sporting personalities could suffer mental health problems. He told BBC Breakfast: It is OK to stand, but as long as “youre talking about” it. It is no longer an weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving it.
He also spoke to Holmes, who acquired a amber medal at the 2004 Olympics in the 800 metres and 1,500 metres, and who discovered her know of hollow in her autobiography. She said: I had feeling going through my athletics career , no one knew at all what I was going through. She said it has there been in the last few years that she had been more open.
Thomas advised anyone knowledge mental health issues issues: Dont feel embarrassed, dont feel vile about it if you see it as a weakness, as I did.
I felt mentally I was weak, because I had gone from someone who was mentally tough, mentally very strong, someone physically strong, to the ones who felt susceptible and weakened. And you are not weak. You are just going through a tough time in their own lives, where, if you can talk to someone, hopefully, they will help you through the other side.
The prince has been a visible champ of taboo topics. Earlier this month he prevailed praise from the Terrence Higgins Trust for taking an HIV measure live on Facebook, with the donation describing him as a groundbreaking minute in the fight against HIV.
His character in attempting to destigmatise HIV/ Aids has been compared to that of his late mother, who was photographed meeting Aids patients in the 1980 s in an effort to change public opinion over how the virus was transmitted.
Since leaving the army, Harry has also campaigned to break the stigma of mental health issues that often beset war veterans as they represent transition periods back into civilian life.
He founded the Invictus Games for wounded, disabled and sick servicemen and women. Describing what inspired video games, he told Good Morning America host Robin Roberts in March it was after he was withdrawn from the frontline in Afghanistan when news of his secret first deployment disclosed.
Again, outlining on his personal experience, he said he felt separated at having to leave his boys behind. And then I find myself on a plane and while I am sitting there I look through the drapery to the front and there are three of our boys wrapped up in plastic, missing limbs, he said. One of the guys[ is] clutching a little test tube of shrapnel that had been removed from his head, and he was in a lethargy clutching this.
And I unexpectedly thought to myself, people dont get to see this. In all of the members of those 10 weeks, I never ascertained the trauma place, I simply heard about it. Thats how everything there is started for me. Its like these people are role models and it was necessary to celebrated more among culture, he said.