Friday 18 October 2019

'You feel pain like no other pain' - William speaks about losing his mother Diana aged 15

Prince Charles with Diana, William and Harry in 1989
Prince Charles with Diana, William and Harry in 1989
William and Harry at Diana's funeral
Prince George first day at school
File photo dated 06/09/1997 of (left to right) The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales walking behind the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales during her funeral procession to Westminster Abbey (Tony Harris/PA Wire)
Prince Harry (left) and Prince William, gave a revealing interview in the excellent Diana, 7 Days shown on RTE and BBC. Photo: PA
The Prince of Wales and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry view the sea of floral tributes to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace almost 20 years ago. Photo: Rebecca Naden
Diana and Charles at Buckingham Palace with baby William in 1982
Diana, the Princess of Wales with her sons, Princes William and Harry in 1992 (Martin Keene/PA)
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales with their sons Prince William & Prince Harry in the wild flower meadow at Highgrove (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
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This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows Prince William and Prince Harry sitting on a picnic bench together and features in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy', which airs on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Britain's Prince William has spoken about how losing his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 meant he felt "pain like no other" when he was aged 15.

William told a BBC documentary on mental health of the profound effect losing Diana in a car accident had on him.

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."

"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."

He went on to say that people in Britain can be "nervous about our emotions".

 "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."

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