Prince William Admits He's Still Haunted by Princess Diana's Death

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Princess Diana may have died 20 years ago, but in a candid new interview, Prince William admits that he's still in shock over his mother's death. In the new BBC documentary Mind Over Marathon, which tells the story of 10 London marathoners who struggle with mental health issues, the duke talks about the toll his mother's death still takes on him to this very day. 

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"The shock is the biggest thing," William said in the interview. "I still feel, 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me. People say shock can't last that long, but it does. You never get over it. It's such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it."

William, who, alongside Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, is heavily involved in the Heads Together campaign, which urges people struggling with mental health issues to seek help, also said that accepting that it's okay for him to feel the way he feels has helped him in his healing process.  

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"You try and understand your emotions a lot more than probably someone who's just lived life without issues, and that's quite critical," the duke said. "It's explaining to them what those emotions mean, why they feel like they do. Once you start rationalizing a little bit and you understand, 'Okay, so I'm a little angry or a little down or a little upset about something,' then you can kind of relativize it and sort of deal with it." The prince also cited dealing with his mother's death as the main reason he's taken to Heads Together as much as he has. 

Earlier in the week, Prince Harry spoke to the Telegraph about how he initially dealt with his mother's death, as well. "My way of dealing with it was sticking in my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help, it's only going to make you sad, it's not going to bring her back," he said.

Clearly, both boys will continue to deal and process their mother's death for the rest of their lives -- as is the case for anyone who's ever lost someone. But hopefully their speaking out about their struggles will not only help make things easier for them, but will inspire others to get help if they need it. 

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