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Prince William slammed for 'trivialising' OCD despite mental health campaigns

Mirror logo Mirror 9/11/2018 Jenny Desborough

Prince William has been slammed by royal fans for "trivialising" OCD in a joke on a new BBC documentary.

The Duke of Cambridge and his brother, the Duke of Sussex, spoke out about their father's campaigning for climate change and for environmental wellbeing.

But a joke made about their father's obsession with turning off lights did not sit well with fans, who were not very keen on the way he spoke about OCD.

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The Duke of Cambridge then said: "He took us litter picking when we were younger on holiday, I think in Norfolk.

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"Both of us thought, 'This is perfectly normal,' there with your spike, stabbing the rubbish."

The pair then revealed he is a "stickler for turning lights off," at which point Prince William made the joke.

He said: "I've developed real OCD about lights."

Fans were not impressed by this, taking to social media to share their anger.

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One said: "Dissapointed by Prince Williams' "so OCD about lightbulbs" comment on Charles at 70. I love that the royals promote @ heads_together but then jokes like this are made? # CharlesAt70 # realOCD"

Another said: "I wish people could stop using OCD as a joke- believe me if you lived with it you wouldn’t be trivialising it in this way @ BBCOne # CharlesAt70

A third said: "I'm sure William didn't mean anything bad by this, but I have to point out that this is problematic language to use. Using OCD in this context (which to be fair many people do) is incredibly stigmatizing.

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"That's troubling because it makes people with OCD feel misunderstood and belittled. William is comparing having to have light switches just so to a serious mental illness. I know he didn't mean to be stigmatizing, but that language is."

The brothers watched their father speak about climate change on the documentary, and how he spoke out on the issue as early as 1970.

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