Prince William says having children intensified his mental health struggles

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While speaking at a This Can Happen conference – on a panel hosted by British journalist Tina Daheleyon – on Tuesday, 20 November, the Duke of Cambridge opened up about his own challenges with mental health, Us Weekly reports.

William, who has three children, George (5), Charlotte (3) and Louis (6 months) with his wife Kate Middleton (36), spoke about how he viewed his work as an ambulance pilot differently after having children.

The 36-year-old often had to assist seriously injured children on the job, the trauma eventually becoming too overwhelming and leading to him piloting his last flight in 2017, People magazine reports.

“The relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge,” he said.

“I started feeling things that I’ve never felt before. And I got very sad and very down about this particular family,” he added.

William noted that he’d carried his sadness alone as he didn’t want to talk about his experiences with family, stressing that workplaces should provide proper mental health resources to their employees, USA Today reports. 

“You start to take away bits of the job and keep them in your body,” he explained.

“And of course, you don’t want to share with your loved ones because you just don’t want to bring that sort of stuff home.”

Sources: Us Weekly, People, USA Today