Prince William Speaks About Depression and 'Cringing' Moment With Singer Taylor Swift on Podcast
"I can't believe I'm actually telling you this story… I turn up and Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift are at the event, which nearly knocked me off my feet. And then, I went inside, met everybody, a lot of handshaking to do those nights, a lot of chatting. I try and be charming and interactive. Occasionally, you're not having a good day, and it's a little harder to come by. When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi do his performance, I thought, 'That's it. My job is done'. I'll get a dinner in a minute, and I might be able to have a chat to some people, and, you know, I'm off-duty a little bit now", the Duke of Cambridge said.
"To this day, I still do not know what came over me. Honestly, even now I'm cringing at what happened next, and I don't understand why I gave in. But, frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm, and says, 'Come with me...' I got up like a puppy and went, 'Yeah, okay, that seems like a great idea. I'll follow you'. Beneath my black tie, there was a lot of sweating going on. I felt like a swan, where I was trying to keep myself composed on the outside, but inside, the little legs are paddling fast", the royal said.
'The Whole World Was Dying'
The royal revealed that weeks after the incident had occurred he was overwhelmed by negative emotions and felt as if "the whole world was dying".
"My personal life and everything was absolutely fine. I was happy at home and happy at work, but I kept looking at myself, going, 'Why am I feeling like this? Why do I feel so sad?' And I started to realise that, actually, you're taking home people's trauma, people's sadness, and it's affecting you. [It was] like someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that. You just feel everyone's pain, everyone's suffering. And that's not me. I've never felt that before", the royal said.
Touching on a lighter note, the royal recalled songs his late mother Princess Diana used to play in the car while driving him and his brother Prince Harry to school. Tina Turner's hit song "The Best" was one of the tunes the Princess of Wales used to listen to.
"Sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment. And my mother, she'd be driving along, singing at the top of her voice. And we'd even get the policeman in the car, he'd be occasionally singing along, as well. You'd be singing and listening to music right the way up to the gates of school when they dropped you off and that's when reality kind of sunk in - you really were going back to school", the father of three recalled.
His kids seem to have inherited his love for music, saying there is always a "massive fight" between Prince George and Princess Charlotte over whose song gets played.
"One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, Waka Waka. There's a lot of hip movements going along with a lot of dressing up. Charlotte particularly is running around the kitchen, in her dresses and ballet stuff. She goes completely crazy with [Prince] Louis following her around trying to do the same thing", Prince William said.