Prince William opens up on losing mother Princess Diana – ‘Pain like no other pain’
The Duke of Cambridge has described losing his mother at a young age as “pain like no other pain” and how bereavement has brought him closer to others suffering grief.
William, who was only 15 when Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997, has spoken perhaps more candidly than before about his feelings in an effort to persuade men to talk about their emotions. In a discussion with five famous footballers recorded in a changing room for a BBC One television programme, the future King sought to use the power of football to bring about a sea-change in male attitudes towards mental health. At the heart of his concern is the suicide rate, the biggest killer of men aged under 45. Men account for 75 per cent of suicides in Britain.
When television presenter Dan Walker asked him about discussing emotions William, 36, talked about his experience of losing his mother.
He said: “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. But it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved.
“So you instantly, when you talk to someone else, you can almost see it in their eyes sometimes and it’s a weird thing to say but when someone’s desperate to talk about bereavement, you can kind of pick up on it quite quick.
“They want to talk about it, but they want you to go first, they want you say it’s OK, they want to have your permission that in that particular conversation, one on one, it’s OK to talk about bereavement.
“I think particularly in Britain as well, we are nervous about our emotions, we’re a bit embarrassed sometimes. 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.”