During a BBC documentary about mental health, The Duke of Cambridge expressed that men in his country should feel comfortable talking about mental illnesses.
The death of Princess Diana left the people of Britain in a state of shock and turmoil. It's understandable that her family underwent a state of grief that proved to be incomparable to any other. And the ones who were the most affected by it had to be her children, Prince William, and Prince Harry. Recently, the Duke of Cambridge opened up about it, as he felt "pain like no other" after his mother's tragic death in a car accident in 1997 reported CNN.
BBC released a documentary about mental health where they approached Prince William to express his views on the matter. Addressing the male British public, the father-of-three said that they should feel comfortable talking about any issues related to mental health. William further revealed how he could relate to this subject much more due to his prior experience. He said, "I think when you are bereaved at a very young age -- any time really, but particularly at a young age, I can resonate closely to that."
"You feel pain like no other pain, and you know that in your life it's going to be very difficult to come across something that's going to be even worse pain than that," The Duke of Cambridge continued. He further disclosed the main factor that discouraged people from voicing their concerns. "Particularly in Britain as well, we are nervous about our emotions," he explained. "We're a bit embarrassed at times. You know, 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," he added. This documentary was shot as a part of BBC's "Royal Team Talk" Film focusing on mental health. The Duke urged soccer players Danny Rose, Jermaine Jenas, Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, and England manager Gareth Southgate to be more open about their emotions as it is a very important part of one's well being.
William was just 15 years old when the news about his beloved mother's death in a car crash in Paris had surfaced. In the HBO documentary, Diana Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy which aired in 2017 Prince William revealed the last conversation he had with the deceased Princess of Wales. He said, "Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say 'goodbye, see you later, can I go off.'" He added, "If I’d known what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it. That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily."
He also explained how losing someone at such a young age had a devastating effect. "Losing someone so close to you is utterly devastating, especially at that age," he remarked. "There’s not many days that go by that I don’t think of her. I have a smile every now and again when someone says something, and I think that’s exactly what she would have said, or she would have enjoyed that comment. So they always live with you people, you know, you lose like that."
Appreciating the time he had with his mother William said, "I give thanks that I was lucky enough to be her son and know her for the 15 years that I did,' whilst adding, "She set us up really well. She gave us the right tools, and has prepared us well for life not obviously knowing what was going to happen." He further said, "So we’ve got more photos up ‘round the house now of her, and we talk about her a bit and stuff. And it’s hard because obviously, Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail. So I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed."
In the past couple of years, both the brothers have highlighted quite a number of causes for mental illnesses. In September, Prince William also set up a website that focused on improving mental health in various workplaces. He was also noted criticizing professional English football clubs as they failed to prioritize or rather take the mental health of players seriously. As the President of the English Football Association, William seems to be serving his term well.