Prince William makes heartbreaking admission about Princess Diana’s death

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The Duke of Cambridge has admitted becoming a parent brought back traumatic memories of his mother’s tragic death.

  • Prince William said parenthood brought memories of his mother’s death to the surface
  • He said it found it "overwhelming" dealing with the "traumatic" emotions again
  • He described becoming a father as the "scariest" but "most amazing" phases of life
  • It follows royal news that it was Prince Harry's decision to quit royal life

Prince William has opened up about how memories of his mother’s tragic death re-surfaced when he became a parent himself.

The Duke of Cambridge became a father for the first time in 2013 – when Prince George was born – and has since had two more children, five-year-old Princess Charlotte and one-year-old Prince Louis.

And while he describes parenthood as “the most amazing” time of his life, he revealed it triggered some “traumatic” memories of Diana, Princess of Wales, tragic death in 1997 - when he was just 15.

Speaking in a BBC documentary about mental health and football, Prince William said, “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is.”

William was in conversation with professional footballer Marvin Sordell – who grew up without a father. And touched on his own experience of growing up without a parent.

The royal added, "And I agree with you, I think when you've been through something traumatic in life - and that is like you say your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger - your emotions come back in leaps and bounds because it's a very different phase of life.

"And there's no one there to, kind of, help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming."

Thankfully Prince William and wife Catherine support each other through the difficult times and the pressure that comes with parenthood.

"Me and Catherine particularly, we support each other and we go through those moments together and we kind of evolve and learn together… But I do agree with you,” he explained. “I think that emotionally things come out of the blue that you don't ever expect or that maybe you think you've dealt with.

“So I can completely relate to what you're saying about children coming along, it's one of the most amazing moments of life but it's also one of the scariest."

Georgia Farquharson

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