Prince William Still Has 'Shock' Over Mother's Death, Says He Raises His Children to Talk About Their Feelings
By Rachel McRady
Prince William is practicing what he preaches! As the royals continue their initiative to promote mental health awareness with their charity Heads Together, the Duke of Cambridge and his family have been opening up about their own personal struggles.
Shortly after his brother, Prince Harry, spoke out about seeking therapy following the 1997 loss of their mother, Princess Diana, William got candid in a new BBC documentary about how the loss still affects him.
"I still have shock within me -- people say it can't last that long but it does," he said in the Mind Over Marathon documentary, which airs on Thursday. "The shock is the biggest thing [which] I still feel 20 years later, about my mother.”
Decades later, the pain of Diana’s death is still very present in his life.
"You never get over it, it's such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you. You just learn to deal with it,” he said.
William is using his experiences to raise his own two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to be open about what they’re going through.
“Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,” he said of his wife, Kate Middleton, in a recent interview with CALM.
His charity work with Heads Together and other mental health organizations has helped him as a parent.
“Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a really clear and emotionally articulate way -- something most adults would struggle with,” he said. “Seeing this has really given me hope that things are changing and that there is a generation coming up who find it normal to talk openly about their emotions. Emotional intelligence is key for us all to deal with the complexities of life and relationships.”
For more on William’s brother, Prince Harry, getting candid about his grief, watch the clip below!