Prince William has opened up about how he found himself overwhelmed by parenthood because of the loss of his mother, Princess Diana and how he and wife Kate work through their mental health challenges together.
Prince William appears in new a documentary titled Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health which is set to air on Thursday 28 May. He teamed up with footballers, managers and fans to talk about mental health in the sport.
At one point during filming, the Prince spoke about his experience and the “overwhelming” nature of parenthood with former soccer player Marvin Sordell, who suffered from depression and grew up without a father.
Prince William revealed: “Having children is the biggest life changing moment, it really is… 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, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds. It’s a different phase of life and there is no one there to kind of help you. I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming.”
But he added: “Me and Catherine particularly, we support each other and we go through those moments together and we kind of evolve and learn together… But I do agree with you. I think that emotionally things come out of the blue that you don’t ever expect or that maybe you think you’ve dealt with.
“So I can completely relate to what you’re saying about children coming along, it’s one of the most amazing moments of life but it’s also one of the scariest.”
He told Marvin: “Your dad would be very proud of you, he would. As your mum would,” replied the former England U21 player. “Thank you, I appreciate that,” said William.
Prince William and Kate are proud parents to three children: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. He was only 15, while Harry 12, when their mother Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash in 1997.