Prince William has opened up in a big way about the devastating death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was a child. William worked with the BBC on a new documentary titled A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health in which he shared his own mental health struggles.
Prince William discussed his time working as an air ambulance pilot
In the documentary, Prince William shared the immense pain of losing his mother as well as the state of his mental health while working as an air ambulance pilot.
He noted that the job left him with "very depressing, very negative feeling, where you think death is just around the door everywhere," adds: "That's quite a burden to carry and feel. They are probably the worst news they could ever have – on a day-to-day basis. ”
The experience, he said, resulted in a" raw emotion, "adding," I just thought listen, I can't – I could feel it brewing up inside me and I could feel it was going to take its toll and be a real problem. I had to speak about it… when you see somebody at death's door, with their family all around them, it's a very hard thing to describe. ”
He stressed the importance of sharing emotions
During the discussion, Prince William so it should be okay to feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns, explaining, "We are nervous about our emotions, we're a bit embarrassed sometimes." He continued: "The British stiff upper lip thing, that's great and we need to have occasionally when times are really hard but there has to be a moment for that. But otherwise, we've got to relax and get a bit of talk about our emotions because we're not robots. ”Prince William and Princess Diana ” class=”wp-image-1123277″/>
He felt 'pain like no other pain' when Princess Diana died
The documentary's presents, Dan Walker, asked William about having these discussions and the duke shared his perspective on the death of his mother when he was just 15 years old, noting: "I've been thinking about this and I'm trying to
understand why i feel like i do, but i think when you are bereaved at a very
young age, any time really, but especially at a young age, I can resonate
closely to that – you feel pain like no other pain. ”
He added:“ And you know that in your life it's going to be
very difficult to come across something that's going to be even worse
than that. ”
Despite the immense loss in his ife, he has found a connection with others, sharing,“ It also brings you close to all the other people out who have been bereaved, ”explaining that you can see it "in their eyes" when speaking to someone who has lost a loved one.
He explained, "They want to talk about it, but they want you to go first, they want to have your permission that in that particular conversation – one on one – it's ok to talk about bereavement."
Prince William further noted: “That's the thing with mental health – we can all relate to it. We see it day-to-day around us… let's talk about it. It would make a big difference. There is a turning point where we can pass the message on to everywhere that it's ok to talk about mental health. We have to normalize the whole conversation. ”