Prince William gives rare insight into parenting and the impact of Diana’s death on her life


Prince William spoke frankly about how he found himself overwhelmed by parenthood due to the devastating impact of his mother’s untimely death.

In a particularly warm interview, he described how becoming a father had rekindled emotions “by leaps and bounds” and how having children was “one of the most incredible moments of his life, but also one of the more frightening. “

Speaking in a BBC1 documentary on mental health to be broadcast this week, the Duke revealed how he could be caught off guard by unexpected emotions and how he relied on his wife for his support.

Prince William (right) revealed that becoming a father was overwhelming due to his mother’s untimely death

Unveils feelings about parenting in BBC mental health documentary to air on Thursday

Unveils feelings about parenting in BBC mental health documentary to air on Thursday

He said: “Me and Catherine in particular, we support each other and we live these moments together and we evolve and learn together.

“But I think emotionally, things come unexpectedly that you never expect, or maybe you think you have faced.”

William – who is the father of George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two – was only 15 when Princess Diana died and rarely talks about the impact. However, he opened up by speaking to footballer Marvin Sordell, who spoke of his own depression and suicide attempt.

The former English under-21 player said he became a father three years ago: “It was the most difficult moment of my life. I grew up without my father … and now I have a child. I don’t really know how I cope with this and I really struggled with my emotions at the time. “

Alongside his wife Catherine (second on the right), William has three children - George, six (bottom left), Charlotte, five (bottom middle) and Louis, two (right)

Alongside his wife Catherine (second on the right), William has three children – George, six (bottom left), Charlotte, five (bottom middle) and Louis, two (right)

The Duke of Cambridge discussed his feelings as a father with former England under-21 striker Marvin Sordell (photo), who suffered from mental health problems in the past and recently became a father. -even.

In response, a clearly moved William 37 said, “I can understand what you are saying. Having kids is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is, and I agree with you.

“ I think that when you have experienced something traumatic in life as you say, your father is not there, my mother dies when I was younger, your emotions come back, by leaps and bounds because it is a very different phase of life and there is no one there to help you. And I definitely found it very overwhelming at times.

“So I can fully relate to what you say about the children who are coming. It’s one of the most incredible moments in life but it’s also one of the scariest. “

The Duke participated in the documentary Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health on the Heads Up campaign which hopes to use football to persuade men to talk about the issue.

Last year, he participated in a similar film in which he spoke to footballers, including Peter Crouch and English manager Gareth Southgate, about the loss of his mother, calling it “pain like no other.”

An assistant said: “The Duke is really passionate about football and felt it would be a great way to fight men’s mental health, in which it has always been much more difficult to reach people.

William (third from right) is a big football fan and led the Heads Up mental health campaign alongside big figures in the sport to persuade men to talk about their emotions

“How do you reach normal guys who don’t talk about their feelings and don’t ask for help?” Football can reach men of all ages and all walks of life. Heads Up is a very personal campaign for him. “

This is not the first time William has talked about parenting, but he has previously focused on the practicalities of diaper change, night shifts and lack of sleep.

When George was born in 2013, he joked that he was “ a little rascal who wiggles a lot ”, adding: “ The only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not not have to change diapers as many times.

When Charlotte was born two years later, he revealed that it was “the smallest thing” that brought him to tears.

“It puts it all in perspective,” he added, thinking of his own vulnerability, “the idea of ​​not being there to watch your children grow up …”

Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health will air on BBC1 at 8:05 p.m. Thursday.

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