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Prince William Says Losing Princess Diana Was "a Pain Like No Other"

The Duke opens up in a new BBC special this weekend.
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Along with the rest of the Fab Four—that's Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Prince William for the uninitiated—Will has long championed the cause of mental health. Now, in order to help others talk about their emotions, he's opening up about his own mental state in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death.

In a trailer for a special that will air on BBC this weekend, Prince William speaks to a group of soccer players about his experience. "I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, anytime really, but particularly at a young age—I can resonate closely to that—you feel a pain like no other pain," he says.

"And you know that in your life it's going to be very difficult to come across something that is going to be an even worse pain than that," Will continues. "But it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. So instantly, when you talk to someone else... You can almost see it in their eyes sometimes."

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In the clip, he goes on to say that British people in particular have a hard time expressing their emotions, and talking about their grief. But, he adds, people need to "be able to talk about our emotions, because we're not robots."

The BBC special is titled "A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health," and will specifically focus on men's mental health, per a description on the broadcaster's website. The set-up appears to mirror that of a casual chat in the locker room, and features U.K. soccer stars Gareth Southgate, Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose and Jermaine Jenas.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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