LONDON – Prince Harry of Britain admitted on Monday that he gets “incredible nerves” before going into a room full of people to deliver a speech.
The grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain revealed his nervousness issues in a video message he recorded on the occasion of World AIDS Day, to sensitize people about feeling no shame when they talk about AIDS.
The Prince said that “we are turning this World Aids Day into a day in which no-one should feel any shame about their secrets. My secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience.”
Harry added “together, we can tackle the stigma surrounding HIV and give the young people carrying it the childhood they deserve. The childhood so many of us take for granted.”
The prince, 30, recalled in the video that “Globally, HIV is the second greatest cause of death amongst those aged between 10 and 19 years old, and is the leading cause of death across Africa.”
Prince Harry joined the #FeelNoShame, Feel no shame, campaign, in which celebrities like singer Nicole Scherzinger, girlfriend of Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton, are involved.
At the end of the video message, the Prince said that “I and many others will be sharing secrets of our own throughout the day and we are asking everyone else to do the same.”
In 2006, Prince Harry helped to set up The Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight AIDS. Lesotho has the third highest death rates from HIV after Swaziland and Botswana.