At the start of their marriage, Prince William admitted to hiding a ‘burden’ from Kate Middleton.


At the start of their marriage, Prince William admitted to hiding a ‘burden’ from Kate Middleton.

During the early years of his marriage to Kate Middleton, Prince William opened up about his mental health issues while working as an emergency responder.

During the early years of their marriage, Prince William acknowledged that he kept a ‘burden’ from Kate Middleton.

Yesterday, the Duke of Cambridge said as much when addressing at The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium (November 25).

William served for the RAF Search and Rescue and the East Anglia Air Ambulance until retiring in July 2017 to focus solely on royal duties.

At Thursday’s session, he told the audience about the mental strain those jobs put on him.

“I recall the stress of responding to calls in the most difficult situations, sometimes with disastrous outcomes,” he remarked.

“I recall a strong sense of unity among my teammates as we worked together to achieve our best and share the burden of responsibility.”

William also talked about how the stress affected his relationship with Kate.

“I also recall leaving home with the rigors and strains of the day hanging on my mind, and not wanting to burden my family with what I had seen,” he wrote.

This isn’t the first time he’s spoken openly about his experiences working in the emergency services and how they affected his family.

“Something I discovered during my brief period flying the air ambulance with the team is, when you see so much death and so much bereavement, it does effect how you see the world,” he said in a video with Kate earlier this year.

“Because it is always there, it has an affect on your own life and your own family life.”

He went on to applaud frontline employees for dealing with the mental toll of their jobs, which has recently been compounded by Covid, during yesterday’s event.

William used the event to announce a brand new mental health project, which was attended by 200 emergency service officials from fire, ambulance, police, and search and rescue agencies.

The Blue Light Together program will establish a standardized approach to providing mental health care to emergency responders and their families.

“Mental health is, and will remain, a firm priority for the UK’s emergency services,” William said, calling it a “crucial step.”

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