Motherhood has been lonely at times, confesses Duchess
The royal mother, her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry have been opening up about their own struggles with mental health in an attempt to rid of the stigma of getting help and speaking up.
The Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince William and Prince Harry, who are the co-founders of the Heads Together campaign, stopped by the Global Academy in West London on Thursday to talk to a group of young students and parents about mental health.
Speaking about why he decided now was the right time to talk publicly about the impact losing his mother had on him, Harry said: I think the fact that we've been doing this campaign for a year now and the stories that we've heard, the people we've met, now was the right time. The Duchess Of Cambridge shares two children George and Charlotte with Prince William. Having someone trusting with him to talk about his problems and hard experiences helps heal and become a better person, "He explains".
Prince William was 15 at the time of her passing, while Prince Harry was 12.
To the untrained eye, Kate Middleton seems to have it all-she's married to a prince, for crying out loud! Harry said he had sought counseling to help deal with the grief. "No matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it". "It's only going to make you sad, it's not going to bring her back".
The royal trio are looking ahead to this weekend's 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, in which a team of more than 700 runners are running on behalf of Heads Together.
In response to the video, Paul Farmer CBE, chief executive of Mind, said: "This is a defining moment for mental health".
At the end of their visit, William, Kate and Harry sat in on an assembly featuring work of students focusing on talking about mental wellbeing, where Their Royal Highnesses officially opened the Global Academy.
The clip captures an honest chat between the royals in the grounds of Kensington Palace, as they discuss everything from bereavement to parenthood.
She said parents should be helped "to start these conversations from a much earlier age but through play, even if their language hasn't yet developed". "And having asked others to start conversations on mental health with their friends and families, they wanted to show that they are taking part as well".