GETTYPrince William wanted to grieve privately when his mother died
In his most personal and candid interview to date, Prince William spoke poignantly about his late mother, and disclosed how his bereavement affected his work and left him with an acute sense of self-preservation.
The interview, with GQ magazine, was conducted as part of the Royal Family’s Heads Together campaign, and detailed the Duke’s plans to raise more awareness about mental health issues.
He used the rare interview to speak frankly about his mother’s legacy, describing how walking behind her coffin aged just 15 was “one of the hardest things I have ever done”.
The Duke went on to say how he felt unable to allow himself to be in “floods of tears”, admitting he felt uncomfortable amid the “massive outpouring of emotion” from the public.Related articles
You can’t just be carrying baggage and throwing it out there and putting it on display everywhere you go.
Duke of Cambridge
In a previous interview, he had spoken of how he remained in a state of shock for years after Princess Diana’s death.
The GQ interview allowed the Duke to expand on this further, saying: “The thing is, you can’t bring all your baggage everywhere you go. You have to project the strength of the United Kingdom - that sounds ridiculous, but we have to do that.
“You can’t just be carrying baggage and throwing it out there and putting it on display everywhere you go.”
Discussing his mother’s volatile relationship with the media, the Duke