Harry reveals secret for Aids Day
Prince Harry has confessed a personal secret as part of a campaign to mark World Aids Day - he gets "incredibly nervous" before giving a speech or entering a room full of people.
The 30-year-old may be known for his outgoing and irreverent personality but, like many in the public eye, he suffers from a bout of nerves just before addressing an audience.
He said he is so on edge before walking into a room to meet people that he would describe himself as "anxious".
Harry spoke about his anxieties in a video message in support of his charity Sentebale's #FeelNoShame campaign for World Aids Day, held today.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of how eradicating shame and stigma can save the lives of HIV sufferers, empowering them to seek medical support and education about their condition, and preventing the virus from spreading.
In his video message, the Prince, who was casually dressed in a sweatshirt, said: "First of all I would like to thank everybody for getting involved in the #FeelNoShame campaign, a part of Sentebale.
"On today, World Aids Day, my secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience.
"And 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."
His father, the Prince of Wales, is an accomplished public speaker who gives many of his shorter addresses without notes but has also confessed to feeling a little apprehensive before giving a talk.
The Queen is the consummate public figure who does not appear to be nervous at royal events and uses a well-timed joke to put hosts, who may be a little apprehensive, at ease.
Harry added with a grin: "Now I've confessed that, I'll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me, but thank you very much everyone who is taking part and I must encourage as many people to get involved as possible."
The Prince was joined by a number of stars, including actress Gemma Arterton and singers Nicole Scherzinger and Paloma Faith, who also revealed a secret in video messages in support of Sentebale's campaign.
Sentebale works to provide help for youngsters in the impoverished southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where many children and young adults have lost their parents to Aids or have the disease themselves.
Harry launched the campaign himself at midnight, releasing a video from a microsite - FeelNoShame.Today - asking the public to share their own secrets via social media in exchange for his.
In that video message, he said: "Globally, HIV is the second-highest cause of death amongst those aged between 10 and 19 years old, and it is the number one cause of death across Africa.
"One tragic issue in particular is the shame and stigma linked to HIV.
"This causes thousands of children to needlessly die each year because they're keeping their illness a secret and not getting the medical attention that they need."
He added: "To show our support for the children of Lesotho, and help reduce the stigma for all those affected by HIV, we are turning this World Aids Day into a day in which no-one should feel any shame about their secrets.
"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.''
Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, whose country has the third highest HIV/Aids prevalence in the world after Swaziland and Botswana.
More than 37,000 of Lesotho's 500,000 children are HIV positive and approximately 200,000 have lost parents to Aids, forcing them out of school and into hazardous forms of labour including prostitution and trafficking.
Sentebale provides accommodation, hot food, access to medication and education for Lesotho's children, as well as vital psycho-social support to help them tackle stigma and cope with the emotional repercussions of their condition and live normal lives.