The Duke of Cambridge has revealed that becoming a father brought back the emotions he felt at fifteen years old when his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, tragically died in a car crash in Paris. In a BBC documentary on mental health to be broadcast on Thursday 28th May, Prince William will say he found things “overwhelming” at times and said feelings from a traumatic event can resurface when you become a parent.
In the interview, Prince William was speaking to ex Bolton Wanderers striker, Marvin Sordell, who also described becoming a father as “the hardest time in my life” as he grew up without a father. He added he struggled with emotions and found it very challenging at times.
The Duke of Cambridge added, “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is. 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.”
In recent years both Prince William and Prince Harry have spoken out about their mental health and the impact their mother’s death had on them both through their campaign, Heads Together.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and William said that he and Catherine support each other through difficult times. He also said that parenthood “is one of the most amazing moments of life but it’s also one of the scariest.”
Football, Prince William and our Mental Health will be broadcast on BBC One on Thursday 28th May at 20:05.