Prince William has revealed that he hid a 'burden' from Kate Middleton during the early years of their marriage.
The Duke of Cambridge made the admission whilst speaking at The Royal Foundation's Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium yesterday (November 25).
Before quitting to devote himself fully to royal duties in July 2017, William worked for the RAF Search and Rescue and the East Anglia Air Ambulance.
He opened up to the crowd at Thursday's event about the mental strain those roles placed on him.
"I remember the pressure of attending calls in the most stressful conditions, sometimes with tragic conclusions," he said.
"I remember the sense of solidarity with my team, pulling together to do the best we could and sharing the weight of responsibility."
William also explained how the pressure weighed on his relationship with Kate.
He continued: "I also remember returning home with the stresses and strains of the day weighing on my mind, and wanting to avoid burdening my family with what I had seen."
This wasn't the first time he has opened up about his struggles in the emergency services, and how they impacted his family.
In a video alongside Kate earlier this year he noted: "Something that I noticed from my brief spell flying the air ambulance with the team is, when you see so much death and so much bereavement, it does impact how you see the world.
"It impacts your own life and your own family life because it is always there."
At yesterday's event he went on to praise frontline workers for dealing with the mental toll of their work, exacerbated recently by Covid.
The event was attended by 200 emergency service leaders from fire, ambulance, police and search and rescue departments, and saw William take the opportunity to launch a brand new mental health initiative.
The Blue Light Together initiative will introduce a uniform set of standards for providing mental health support to emergency workers and their families.
William called it a "crucial step" and insisted: "Mental health is, and will remain, a firm priority for the UK's emergency services."
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