Prince William recently opened up about fatherhood in the new documentary Football, Prince William, and our Mental Health. The father of three says that becoming a dad for the first time was “one of the scariest” moments of his life because of the trauma that he suffered in his own childhood.
The 37-year-old prince says that having his three children – Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 – with his wife Kate Middleton was his “biggest life-changing moment.”
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According to People magazine, the new film features Prince William sympathizing with former soccer player Marvin Sordell, who grew up without a father and suffered from depression. Sordell has been open about his struggles with mental health and how it has affected his career and his personal life.
During Sordell’s conversation with Prince William, he said that becoming a father for the first time was the “hardest time” in his life. He explains that growing up without a father caused him to struggle with his emotions at the time.
William agreed, and revealed that the emotions he felt after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 when he was just 14 years old came roaring back when he became a dad.
“Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is . . . I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life, and that is like you say, your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds,” said William.
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After Sordell admitted that he “found it really tough” when he became a dad, the Duke of Cambridge noted that he and Middleton support each other through difficult times. He added that when they go through those moments, they evolve and learn together.
Prince William said that he could completely relate to what Sordell was saying about children coming along. He called it “one of the most amazing moments of life, but it’s also one of the scariest.”
Football, Prince William, and our Mental Health airs on BBC One in the UK on May 28. The film is a companion to William’s Heads Up campaign in British Soccer that focuses on the issue of mental well-being in men.