Prince William and Harry have admitted that they didn’t speak to each other enough about their feelings following the death of their mother, Princess Diana.
In a new video, which sees the trio discuss the topic of mental health ahead of this week’s London Marathon, which will support their Heads Together campaign, Harry reveals that the pair would avoid the subject as it was too painful.
He said: ‘We’ve never really talked about losing a mum at such a young age.’
And Kate took the opportunity to pay tribute to Diana’s parenting skills, saying it was to her credit that the pair have coped as well as they have.
‘Considering what you boys sadly went through, the trauma that you experienced… I think it’s incredible how strong [you are] and how you’ve been able to cope really,’ she said. ‘I put that down to your really early years, your childhood experience.’
Kate also opened up about the difficulties of adjusting to motherhood, describing having your first child as ‘such a life changing moment’.
‘Nothing can really prepare you for that. Remember the first few days with little George, you know, you have no idea really what you’re doing.
‘No matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it,’ she said.
Prince Harry gave an interview this week to The Telegraph, explaining how he’d come close to a breakdown because he never dealt with his grief.
‘When you speak to other people’s families and little kids and stuff you think “wow, I don’t want them to go through the same things”,’ he explained.
‘With a little bit of experience you want to do everything you can to help to stop them bottling it up.’
‘I always thought, what’s the point of bringing up something that’s only going to make you sad. It ain’t going to change it. It ain’t going to bring her back,’ he said.
Kate paid tribute to the princes’ ‘amazingly close’ relationship, saying it had obviously been a big help.
‘Most of the time,’ joked William, adding: ‘We’ve probably been brought closer because of the circumstances.’
The film captures a conversation between Their Royal Highnesses that occurred at Kensington Palace on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th April as they looked ahead to this weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon and reflected on the growth of the campaign over the last year.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Beverly June Eckert I have no respect for their father. Their mother would be so proud of her sons. They truly care about other and do something about it. Prince William should be the next king 👑
Nikki Bassani I think it;s good that they are talking abuot these things. Grieving people are urged to “move on” and many people have suffered terrible mental health issues from grieving either too much or not enough. I don’t think they are acting like reality tv stars. I think they are acting like real people. Maybe that is new thing in the world of royals but I don’t think it’s a bad thing either.
Nada Medjovic They are the best that the UK royal family gave so far – humble, vulnerable and not afraid to show it. In touch with reality…
Blythe Henderson Growing up Princess Diana was my idol! She was the epitome of refinement, beauty, and compassion.