Prince William recalls 'shock' of Princess Diana's death: 'You never get over it'

Nearly 20 years after tragically losing his mother, Princess Diana, Prince William confessed that he is still in shock over her death. “The shock is the biggest thing,” the Duke of Cambridge said in a new interview for the BBC documentary Mind Over Marathon, which airs Thursday, April 20. “I still feel, 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me...People say shock can’t last that long, but it does. You never get over it. It’s such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it.”

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williamdianaVIEW GALLERY William admitted he is still in shock over his mother's death Photo: Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

In the documentary, which follows ten runners who struggle with mental health issues, the royal explained to one mom-of-three — whose husband killed himself after their son died — that understanding emotions is key to processing grief. "You try and understand your emotions a lot more than probably someone who’s just lived life without issues, and that’s quite critical,” William said. “It’s explaining to them what those emotions mean, why they feel like they do. Once you start rationalizing a little bit and you understand, Okay, so I’m a little angry or a little down or a little upset about something, then you can kind of relativize it and sort of deal with it.”

cambridgeVIEW GALLERY The Duke wants his children to be open about their feelings Photo: Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images

The 34-year-old admitted that his own struggles are why he is passionate about mental health today. “I have my own reasons for being involved in mental health: What happened to me and my mother when I was younger,” he said. “It all comes back down to mental health.” The royal previously revealed in an interview with the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) that he wants to raise his two children — Princess Charlotte and Prince George — to be able to express themselves freely. He said, “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings.” William added, “Emotional intelligence is key for us all to deal with the complexities of life and relationships.”

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