Royal sadness: How Kate Middleton supported Prince William during ‘scariest’ moments


KATE MIDDLETON has been a pillar of strength for Prince William during “the scariest” moments of his life the Duke of Cambridge revealed in a groundbreaking new documentary.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have an ironclad relationship and have been working hard during lockdown to support charities, keep in touch with their patronages and home-school their children. Now a new documentary about mental health has given a sweet insight into William and Kate’s relationship.

In the upcoming documentary, titled Football, Prince William and our Mental Health, the duke opens up about becoming a father, overcoming mental health challenges and reveals the pain over the death of his mother Princess Diana.

The documentary will be shown on BBC One on Thursday, May 28 and shows Prince William in conversation with footballer Marvin Sordell, who himself suffered from depression and grew up without a father.

Mr Sordell, a former Burton Albion player, spoke of his own mental health challenges and growing up without a father, speaking of how becoming a dad himself “was the hardest time in my life”.

He told Prince William: “You know, I found it really tough . . . I grew up without my father . . . I really struggled with my emotions at that time.”

Royal sadness: Kate Middleton and Prince William

Royal sadness: Prince William gave an insight into his and Kate’s relationship in a new documentary (Image: PA)

William agreed with the footballer, speaking of the pain he went through when becoming a father without his mother Diana around.

Diana died in 1997 when Prince William was just 15-years-old and his younger brother Harry just 12.

William said: “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 like you say 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.

Royal sadness: Kate smiling at Prince William

Royal sadness: William said he and Kate support each other in tough times (Image: PA)

“And there’s no one there to, kind of, help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming.”

However, William praised his wife Kate saying the couple worked together and supported each other when going through those “moments”.

Speaking to Mr Sordell William said: “Me and Catherine particularly, we support each other and we go through those moments together and we kind of evolve and learn together.

“I can completely relate to 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.”

Prince William has been championing mental health in recent years, launching initiative Heads Up a campaign which aims to raise awareness about mental health, trigger conversations between football fans – particularly men – about mental health, and support those in need to find help.

William, who is President of The Football Association, said in a statement as he kicked off his mental health in football campaign, “Over the course of the next five months, Heads Up will use one of the most powerful, unifying forces in our society – football – to spread the message that we all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.”

“Our ambition is to start the largest ever conversation on mental health and to ensure there is a lasting mental health legacy for the game in this country.

“I hope Heads Up can help us all take another big step forward in shattering the stigma that surrounds mental health.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also launched a crisis line named Shout for those struggling with mental health last year.

Royal sadness: Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Kate Middleton

Royal sadness: William said of fatherhood ‘having children is the biggest life-changing moment’ (Image: PA)

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Royal sadness: Prince William has been pioneering mental health awareness in recent years (Image: PA)

Those in the UK can text “Shout” to 85258 to speak to a trained crisis volunteer.

Earlier this month, Kate and William took over every radio station across the UK to share an important message on mental health.

The message: “We’re all connected and you are not alone” was broadcast nationwide as the Cambridges were joined by celebrities like actor David Tennant and singer Dua Lipa to reach out amid the coronavirus lockdown.

William said in the recorded message: “We’re all connected. And sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can make a big difference.

“So right now, let’s join together across the UK and reach out to someone.”

Kate could then be heard saying: “If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it.

“Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s okay to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.”

Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health will be broadcast on Thursday at 8.05pm on BBC One.