Prince William: Parenthood brought Diana death emotions

Carla Harmon
May 24, 2020

"I think when you've been through something traumatic in life, and that is like you say, your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds".

Prince William is opening about becoming a parent.

The royal himself is father to three children - Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two - and has been spending his time in lockdown at his home in Norfolk with his brood and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William also opened up about how he and Catherine approach parenting, revealing they "evolve and learn together".

Parenthood is "a very different phase of life" the future King said, and that 'there's no one there to help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming'.

In turn, William noted: "Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is..."

William was speaking to former professional footballer Marvin Sordell for the forthcoming documentary that examines men's mental health through the lens of football.

William was 15 and his brother Harry just 12 when their mother Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a Paris vehicle crash in 1997.

The duke described fatherhood as "one of the most fantastic moments of life but it's also one of the scariest", before adding that he and wife Kate support each other during hard times. Emotionally, things that suddenly appear that you never expected or that you might think you've handled, "according to the Times".

Kate previously spoke about her family and how they have supported each other during this terrifying time.

In the new program, the Duke meets players, fans, and managers from all levels of the game in an effort to start a conversation on mental health through football.

Prince William and his younger brother Prince Harry have, through their Heads Together mental health campaign, spoken increasingly about the impact their mother's death had on them.

William, now 37, makes the acknowledgment in a documentary on football and mental health, set for release Thursday.

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