Prince William Talks About Losing His Mum In New Doco About Mental Health

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Prince William has opened up about losing his mother, Princess Diana, in a new documentary about mental health for the BBC. 

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The Duke of Cambridge was joined by football stars including Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, and Danny Rose to have a candid conversation about men’s mental health. In the documentary, A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, the men also talk about depression, body image, and racism.

Prince William, who is a huge advocate for mental health awareness, described bereavement – especially at a young age – as a “pain like no other.” 

“You know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that is going to be an even worse pain than that. 

“But it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. So instantly, when you talk to someone else, you can almost see it in their eyes sometimes. It’s a weird thing to say, but somebody – particularly me – somebody who’s desperate to talk about bereavement you can kind of pick up on it quite quickly.”

“They want you to talk about it,” he continued. “But they want you to go first, they want you to say ‘it’s okay’ you know, they want to have your permission in that particular conversation, one-on-one.”

William said that he believes, particularly in Britain, that people are nervous about expressing their emotions.

“The British stiff upper lip thing, that’s great and we need to have that occasionally when times are really hard, there has to be a moment for that. But otherwise, we’ve got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions, because we’re not robots.”

Earlier this week, William and The Football Association introduced Heads Up, a campaign aimed at tackling the mental health stigma in the sport and showing that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.