Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry have released a candid new video for their Heads Together mental health campaign discussing some of the most personal issues they have faced, including parenting and coping with Princess Diana‘s death.
Kate, 35, and William, 34, the parents of Princess Charlotte and Prince George, opened up about the profound effects of becoming parents and the challenges they faced in the first few weeks after George was born in 2013.
“Having a child, particularly your first child, is a life-changing moment, nothing can really prepare you for that,” Kate said. “Remember the first few days with little George. You have no idea what you’re doing. No matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it.”
William agreed saying, “There’s no rule book. There’s no training that teaches you how to do it. You just learn from previous generations and hope that you can translate into what you want to do.”
William and Kate spoke movingly about how overwhelmed they were despite the support they received from family in the immediate aftermath of George’s birth.
“Do you remember up in Anglesey, we’d had our couple weeks of family support and then you were keen to get back to work, and I was, ‘Yeah, I’ll come with you of course,’ so we scooted off back to Anglesey with George. Those first few weeks were a steep learning curve,” Kate recalled.
“A steep learning curve massively,” William concurred. “When you have children it puts your own emotions and own life into perspective massively.”
William, Kate and Harry, 32, also spoke poignantly, and for the first time on camera as a group, about the 1997 death of William and Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and how her death shaped their lives.
“Considering everything that you boys sadly went though and the trauma you experienced … I do think it’s incredible how strong and how you’ve been able to cope really,” Kate said to her husband and brother-in-law. “And I put that down to your really early years and your childhood experience, but also the relations you’ve got.”
Kate added, “You’re amazingly close,” to which William replied, “Most of the time,” as he and Harry laughed.
Kate told William and Harry that despite the tragedy, the support they’ve given each other was a blessing in dealing with their own grief.
“Some families aren’t as lucky as you guys have been and being able to share things,” she said.
“We have been brought closer because of the circumstances as well, that’s the thing,” William agreed. “You are, you know, uniquely blinded because of what we’ve been…