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Prince William wants his children to be comfortable expressing their feelings

Prince William, as any father would, only wants the best future for his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

As the future king of a nation full of their own personality traits, a British “stiff upper lip” is one of those. Although, Prince William hopes that this characteristic will not endanger mental health.

The Duke of Cambridge and his brother, Prince Harry gave an interview to a magazine published by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm), a charity aimed at preventing male suicide under the umbrella of Heads Together. Suicide is the largest cause of death of men under 45-years-old in the United Kingdom.

In the interview, the Duke spoke about his “tipping point” towards his view of mental health, being the exposure to suicide during his work as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

He went on to talk about how the typical “stiff upper lip” had its place and should be exercised with caution.

The interview with Calm comes just after Prince Harry gave an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph about his own experince needing help after not dealing with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales nearly 20 years ago.  Harry admitted to seeking counselling after “twenty years of not thinking about it and two years of chaos.”

Harry went on to say: “I can safely say that losing my Mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.”

Prince William has also noted in the past that he and the Duchess of Cambridge hope that their children will be able to talk about their emotions and seek the help they need should it arise.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been working overtime to promote their charity, Heads Together ahead of the London Marathon in a plea to end the stigma around mental health.

BBC One will be airing a two-part series on mental health issues. Mind over Marathon airs 21:00 BST on Thursday 20 April.

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