Prince William says becoming a dad brought back ‘traumatic emotions’ from his mother Princess Diana’s death

PRINCE William has revealed becoming a dad brought back "traumatic emotions" from Princess Diana's death, during a candid chat about mental health.

Speaking to former Premier League footballer Marvin Sordell, the dad-of-three admitted raising kids could be "overwhelming" – especially after losing a parent.

In the preview clip for BBC's Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health, footy forward Sordell opened up about becoming a first-time dad in 2017.

He admitted it was the hardest time of his life, especially as he grew up without his dad.

In a candid revelation, the Duke of Cambridge, 37, replied: "I can relate to what you're saying.

"Having children is the biggest life changing moment, it really is.

"And I agree with you, I think when you've been through something traumatic in life, and that is your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, your emotions come back in leaps and bounds.

"Because it's a very different phase of life and there's no-one there to help you.

"I definitely found it, at times, overwhelming. Me and Catherine support each other and go through those moments together.

"We evolve and learn together. But I do agree with you, I think emotionally things come out of the blue that you don't ever expect or maybe think you've dealt with."

The princes lost their mother in August 1997, when Diana died in a car crash in Paris.

At the time, William was 15 and Harry was just 12 years old.

William, who's now dad to George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, with wife Kate Middleton, added: "I can completely relate with what you're saying about children coming along.

"It's one of the most amazing moments of life, but it's also one of the scariest."

William also assured Sordell he will "be a great dad" and that his father would be "very proud of you" – to which he replied, "as would your mum".

Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health airs on Thursday 28 May at 8.05pm on BBC One.

We previously revealed how the Duke and Duchess may keep Princess Charlotte at home next month when school reopens.

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