Prince William has hinted at the pain of the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a one-off children’s news broadcast.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are appearing on BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat as part of World Mental Health Day (October 10).
In a clip released ahead of the main segment, they chat with presenter Pria Rai about the mental well-being of young people.
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The show will air on BBC Radio One, Radio One Extra and the Asian Network this afternoon (Tuesday 11).
He was talking about how you can be fine at one moment and then a major event can come along and cause everything to change in a heartbeat – a situation he experienced himself following the death of his mother.
“You can be living one life one minute and something massively changes and you realise you don’t necessarily have the tools or the experience to be able to tackle that.”
The Prince was just 15 -year-old when his mother died, and no doubt went through great hardship in various forms afterwards.
The royal couple explained how they wanted to "have a meaningful conversation about mental health" and encouraged young people to build up a “toolbox” for coping with challenges in people’s personal lives.
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“A lot of the work we’ve done on mental health and listening to lots of people talk about it, everyone likes a toolbox – particularly men,” he said. “A toolbox is quite a useful analogy to kind of use.
“A lot of people don’t realise what they need until it actually comes along.”
In the interview, Kate added the importance of a personal approach to mental health, saying: “: “There’s no right or wrong, that’s the thing as well.
“Different things will work for different people and it’s just sometimes trying isn’t it, as well.”
The full segment will see the royal couple speak to four different guests about their mental health experiences in an effort to improve the quality of conversation around the topic.
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