In a trailer for a new BBC documentary, Prince William opened up about losing his mother, Princess Diana, as a young child.
“When you are bereaved at a very young age… you feel pain like no other pain,” said the Duke of Cambridge, speaking with athletes Danny Rose, Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Jermaine Jenas, and England manager Gareth Southgate.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
“You can see it. They want to talk about it.”
The documentary, A Royal Team Talk, focuses on mental health. It will air tomorrow on BBC One.
“I think particularly in Britain as well we are nervous about our emotions, we are a bit embarrassed sometimes,” he tells them. “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 talk about our emotions because we’re not robots.”
Prince William also helped launched a new mental health campaign this week called Heads Up. The campaign aims to show people that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.
The campaign will be visible across all levels of football in England throughout the course of the 2019/20 season, including the men’s and women’s England teams, FA competitions and grassroots – from England matches through to the Emirates FA Cup.