William, now 37, acknowledges this in a football and mental health documentary slated for release on Thursday.
The prince describes how Diana’s death in a 1997 car accident in Paris was “traumatic” for him and how being a father was sometimes “overwhelming” as memories returned, the London Times reported.
“Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is,” he said. “I think when you have experienced something traumatic in life. . . my mother dying when I was younger, emotions come back, by leaps and bounds. “
William sees fatherhood as “a very different phase in life – there is no one to help you, and I definitely found it very overwhelming at times. Emotionally, things arise unexpectedly that you never expect or think you may have dealt with, “according to the Times.
He tells his three children – Prince George, 6 years old; Princess Charlotte, 5 years old; and Prince Louis, 2 – “constantly” about Diana.
“It is important that they know who she was and that she existed,” he said.