Prince William opens up about his mother in exclusive interview

By Charlea Sieberhagen
30 May 2017

"I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up."

A black and white photo shows the prince looking content with his laughing wife sitting at his side. They’re relaxing under a tree, looking comfortable and at ease in the long grass as their two children, George and Charlotte play around them. "I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her," says Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, in an exclusive interview with British GQ magazine about his mother, Princess Diana.

In the interview with journalist Alastair Campbell William he speaks about the importance of mental health and also reveals a bit about his own emotional and mental well-being.

William says dealing with the loss has become easier after many difficult years. His mother passed away 20 years ago this year.

“I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.”

But William also admits that even after 20 years he still struggles.

"It's a different situation, for most people who lose someone they love it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story.” He says that other people can perhaps hide their heartache but he, unfortunately, didn't have that option. In the interview, parts of which were published on GQ’s website, William also talks about the Heads together campaign, which he is involved in.

The charity organisation encourages people to speak openly about their mental and emotional well-being.

“Smashing the taboo is our biggest aim. We cannot go anywhere until that is done. People can’t access services till they feel less ashamed, so we must tackle the taboo, the stigma, for goodness sake, this is the 21st century.”

According to William people don’t speak about this enough.

In April a video that formed part of the campaign was released and in it William – accompanied by Kate and Harry – said that he and his younger brother didn’t talk about the loss of their mother enough.

“I always thought to myself, ‘what’s the point of bringing up the past, 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’,” Harry says in the video which was also shared on Instagram.

Sources: Instagram

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