Daily US Times: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has revealed that becoming a father brought back painful emotions he felt following his mother’s death.
Prince William is now a father of three children with his wife Catherine, said feelings from a “traumatic” event can resurface when becoming a parent.
The father of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis told a BBC documentary on mental health that he found things ”overwhelming” at times.
His mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, when he was just 15 years old.
Prince William said that he and Catherine support one another during those difficult times.
The programme focuses on men’s mental health and football and he was speaking to former professional footballer Marvin Sordell for the programme.
The footballer, who was an ex-Bolton Wanderers striker, described becoming a father as “the hardest time in my life”, adding that he struggled with his emotions and found it challenging as he did not grow up with a father.
“Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is,” the Duke of Cambridge responds.
He adds: “And I agree with you, 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 – your emotions come back in leaps and bounds because it’s a very different phase of life.”
“And there’s no one there to, kind of, help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming.”
“It’s one of the most amazing moments of life but it’s also one of the scariest,” the royal said about parenthood.
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.
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