'We never really talked about our mum': William and Harry reveal they didn't share their grief over Diana's death - as Kate opens up about the 'life changing' impact of motherhood for their mental health campaign

  • Trio have released new film as part of Heads Together campaign
  • Both Princes revealed they didn't even speak to each other about Diana
  • Kate paid tribute to late royal, saying her influence helped boys to cope 
  • Kate says nothing could have prepared her for becoming mother for first time 

Prince William and Harry have admitted that they didn't speak to each other enough about their feelings following the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

In a new video, which sees the trio discuss the topic of mental health ahead of this week's London Marathon, which will support their Heads Together campaign, Harry reveals that the pair would avoid the subject as it was too painful. 

He said: 'We've never really talked about losing a mum at such a young age.'

And Kate took the opportunity to pay tribute to Diana's parenting skills, saying it was to her credit that the pair have coped as well as they have.  

'Considering what you boys sadly went through, the trauma that you experienced... I think it's incredible how strong [you are] and how you've been able to cope really,' she said. 'I put that down to your really early years, your childhood experience.'

Kate also opened up about the difficulties of adjusting to motherhood, describing having your first child as 'such a life changing moment'. 

'Nothing can really prepare you for that. Remember the first few days with little George, you know, you have no idea really what you're doing. 

'No matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it,' she said. 

Prince Harry gave an interview this week to The Telegraph, explaining how he'd come close to a breakdown because he never dealt with his grief. 

'When you speak to other people's families and little kids and stuff you think "wow, I don't want them to go through the same things",' he explained.  

'With a little bit of experience you want to do everything you can to help to stop them bottling it up.'

Princes William and Harry have opened up about the loss of their mother in a film about mental health, filmed with Kate at Kensington Palace 

Princes William and Harry have opened up about the loss of their mother in a film about mental health, filmed with Kate at Kensington Palace 

Kate opened up about motherhood saying that nothing could have prepared her, no matter how many books she read 

Kate opened up about motherhood saying that nothing could have prepared her, no matter how many books she read 

'I always thought, what's the point of bringing up something that's only going to make you sad. It ain't going to change it. It ain't going to bring her back,' he said.  

Kate paid tribute to the princes' 'amazingly close' relationship, saying it had obviously been a big help.  

'Most of the time,' joked William, adding: 'We've probably been brought closer because of the circumstances.' 

The film captures a conversation between Their Royal Highnesses that occurred at Kensington Palace on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th April as they looked ahead to this weekend's Virgin Money London Marathon and reflected on the growth of the campaign over the last year.

Kate paid tribute to the brothers' close bond, and their mother Diana's influence on their early lives 

Kate paid tribute to the brothers' close bond, and their mother Diana's influence on their early lives 

Harry admitted that for many years he didn't see the value of talking about his mother 

Harry admitted that for many years he didn't see the value of talking about his mother 

Read between the lines like Kate in a striped top by Luisa Spagnoli

If there's one thing the Duchess of Cambridge loves more than her nude pumps, it's a striped top.

We've previously spotted her sporting stripes by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Petit Bateau, J.Crew, M.i.h and Me+Em, but the top she wore when hosting London marathon runners at Kensington Palace today is another new addition to her collection.

It's by Italian label Luisa Spagnoli (those initials are a bit of a giveaway!) and we love the combination of red, white and blue stripes. The rib knit fabric ensures a flattering fit, and when teamed with skinny jeans and Superga sneakers, Kate looked sporty and chic.

Unfortunately her exact top isn't available, but click (right) to buy the same design in different colorways. We've got our eye on the yellow version - perfect for spring and a nice twist on classic stripes!

Or check out the best of the rest in our edit. From Maison Labiche to Marni all price points are represented!


The conversation covers a range of topics including the emotional changes new parents go through, bereavement, the stresses of modern childhood, and dealing with trauma in the workplace.


It's been a week of unprecedented remarks from the royals, but William, Harry and Kate's revelations haven't had a universally warm reception.  

MailOnline readers suggested the trio were starting to resemble would-be reality stars, with one sceptic going so far as to suggest a title - The Only Way is Windsor.

Sharing their take on footage of the royals' latest emotional discussion, captured on film for their Heads Together campaign and released today, one reader said: 'What with Skype calls to Gaga and now a video in the park, has the royal family become the next reality show?'

Another suggested the Princes and Kate 'should be on Loose Women the way they are going', while a third said simply: 'Enough already.'

Earlier this week a critic tweeted that if the princes had 'proper jobs' they'd have less time to 'feel sorry for themselves', while another expressed concern that classing 'emotional issues' as 'mental health issues' threatened to detract attention from those with serious problems. 

Another suggested the Heads Together campaign smacked of trying to 'make victims where there aren't any'.  

The film also explains the story behind the Heads Together campaign and Their Royal Highnesses' goal to shine a spotlight on the power of conversations – both to shatter stigma on mental health and to help people get the help they need.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been overwhelmed by the response to the Heads Together campaign. We are in the middle of a truly national conversation on mental health.

'They are incredibly grateful to everyone who has shared their stories in recent weeks. 

'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. 

'They hope the film shows how positive a conversation on mental health can be.' 

In response to the film, Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: 'This is a defining moment for mental health. 

'To have the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, speak openly about how the loss of their mother affected their mental health shows how far we've come in changing public attitudes and perceptions to mental health that someone so high-profile can open up about something so difficult and personal. 

'We know that this has had a huge impact on people who are still struggling in silence with their mental health – every time someone in the public eye speaks up we know that it encourages members of the public to do the same.'


William, Kate and Harry have spent the past few days championing their Heads Together campaign, which aims to encourage the nation to talk about their mental health problems or be a sympathetic ear for someone in need. 

On Wednesday Harry commented on his decision to speak out about the issues he faced after his mother's death, saying it was 'only right' he aired his experiences as he wanted to encourage others to 'smash that stigma' around talking about mental health.

He was praised by the duchess, who described him as 'brilliant' for revealing in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he spent nearly 20 years 'not thinking' about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and eventually got help after two years of 'total chaos'.

Prince William also gave an interview to CALMzine, a magazine focused on tackling mental health issues in men, in which he called for an end to the 'stiff upper lip' culture that prevents people from being open about their struggles. 

Yesterday, the Duchess held a reception for London Marathon runners who are taking part for Heads Together at Kensington Palace.

During the event, Kate chatted with DJ Neev Spencer - who suffered post natal depression after the birth of her daughter, Genevieve, now nine months.

Kate told her: 'Nothing can prepare you for motherhood - especially the first time round, the mixed emotions.'

Neev, 36, told the duchess how she discovered she had a slipped disk just three months after giving birth - leaving her laid up in hospital.

The mum-of-one could not even lift her own baby - and so was left feeling her own mother was better with the tot.

Neev said afterwards: 'Kate was just so lovely. She was really genuine. I felt comfortable enough to share my experience with her. She was agreeing with me on all the points about how tough being a mum is at the beginning. She must understand from when she had George.'

Describing her depression, she said: 'I felt like everyone was much better with her than me. I couldn't pick her up - I couldn't move. I just went low. That's when the post natal depression started. I didn't think I was up to the job.'







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