During a panel at the World Economic Forum today, Prince William discussed the importance of talking about mental health, and opened up about a time during his service as an air ambulance pilot that deeply affected him.
The Duke of Cambridge was joined by other world leaders at the international summit in Davos, Switzerland, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. A clip shared by Kensington Palace shows part of their conversation.
When asked if there were any work experiences on the air ambulance job that hit close to home, the duke said: “Yes, and I still find it very difficult to talk about it. I get very emotional about it because it relates very closely to my children, and so it is very hard to talk about it.”
“I still find it very difficult to talk about it.” — The Duke of Cambridge on the importance of talking #MentalHealth, and his own experience working as an Air Ambulance Pilot #WEF19 pic.twitter.com/2nimIAqwiQ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 23, 2019
William and wife Kate Middleton are parents to three kids: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 9 months. The father of three served in the East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2015 to 2017, a span years over which George and Charlotte were both born. William was also a helicopter pilot for the Royal Air Force’s Search and Rescue Force nearly five years before that, The Telegraph reports.
The Duke of Cambridge didn’t specify what event exactly gave him pause, but he continued by saying other members of the medical community have had similar experiences.