Royal Family: Prince William’s touching honesty about mental health during his time as an Air Ambulance pilot

The Duke of Cambridge has spoken candidly about mental health and how incidents involving children “really affected” him when he was an air ambulance pilot.

Prince William made these comments during a videotaped conversation with paramedics, which will later be screened at the Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium in London.

The Duke has opened helicopters with the East Anglian Air Ambulance about his time, stating that incidents involving children were problematic.

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He said: “In the air ambulance, every job I did with children really touched me, much more than I would think if I hadn’t had children.

“So for me it was the relationship with my personal life with essentially the family or the incident I was with – I found that very difficult.

The Duke said that missions involving children particularly affected him

“There were a number of times when I had to take myself away because I was just too preoccupied with it and felt it.

“And then I’d go talk to someone else after the event, which was really important, but it goes on, it doesn’t really leave you there — you just sort it out better.”

The paramedics he spoke to also said they’ve been on the front lines and William had some advice for them.

“If we weren’t influenced by emotions, we’d all be robots.

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“So, you know, it’s okay to be influenced by emotions. It’s very British for all of us to worry about, you know, being affected by emotions – but we all are.

“That’s what makes our relationships important. It’s crucial, but it’s just controlling those feelings so we have time to feel like we can breathe again.”

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