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Prince Harry Confesses He Gets Stage Fright and Anxiety For AIDS Campaign

prince harry anxietyPrince Harry always exudes a confident air, but admits he secretly suffers from severe stage fright and anxiety before public appearances and speeches.

Harry made the surprising revelation in a new video in recognition of World AIDS day (see below).

The prince, 30, launched a Twitter campaign called #FeelNoSham, that encourages people to share their secrets in an attempt to destigmatize the burden of secrecy people with HIV and AIDs carry.

“Hi, I’m Prince Harry, patron of Sentebale,” he said. “Thousands of children are needlessly dying because they are too ashamed to talk about HIV and seek support.

“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.”

“My secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience,” said Prince Harry.

“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. But, thank you very much for everyone who’s taken part, and I must encourage as many people to get involved as possible.”

At 30, Harry now has full access to the $16 million his late mother, Princess Diana, left for him. Over the years, the prince has evolved into a responsible young man his mom would have been proud of.

Like Diana, Prince Harry is deeply involved in various charities, including his work with the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for wounded and sick veterans. Harry has also traveled to Africa numerous times to support children’s charities, especially those benefiting kids in AIDs-afflicted areas.

The prince completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan (in 2008-09 and 2012-13), where he earned the respect of his peers for his dedication and down-to-earth personality.

While Harry has distinguished himself through superior military service, he’s well known for his charisma and likability, proving himself a prince of the people, author Penny Junor wrote in his biography, Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son.

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