William and Harry didn't talk enough about Diana's death

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  • 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 

By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline

Published: 12:44 BST, 21 April 2017 | Updated: 14:32 BST, 21 April 2017

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 

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 

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 

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 

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

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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.

'PUT A SOCK IN IT': CRITICISM OF THE ROYAL REVELATIONS 

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.

The MailOnline columnist Katie Hopkins called on the Princes to 'put a sock in it' after Harry revealed he sought counselling after years of burying his grief over the loss of his mother. 

She suggested the royals should be 'stoic' rather than appearing to wallow in self-pity, and her sentiments were echoed by some on social media who struggled to view the trio as 'victims'.

One 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.'

 

 

 

 

 

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