Prince William Speaks To Jacinda Ardern About How Hard It Was To Be An Air Ambulance Pilot

At the Mental Health Matters panel part of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Prince William spoke candidly about his previous job as an air ambulance pilot and the effect it had on his mental health.

The future King said that you had to have “suit of armour on”, but sometimes there is something that is “closely related to your own life, and it really takes you over a line.”

Prince William and Jacinda Ardern at the World Economic Forum
Prince William and Jacinda Ardern at the World Economic Forum — REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

The father of three said that he still finds it “very difficult to talk about it” partly due to some of the incidents reminding him of his own children.

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“I don’t think you ever get over it,” he added.

Prince William shared the stage with New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern where they discussed the troubles he had in getting the mental health charity, Heads Together, up and running.

His wife, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, first brought up the idea of focusing on mental health. Together with Prince Harry, they tried to get the foundation off the ground but hit many barriers.

“Not one celebrity wanted to join us, not one person wanted to be involved in the mental health campaign,” he said.

Once the royals came forward about issues that they had faced, more people jumped on board.

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“It’s like a boil bubbling away, you need to lance it, and let the stuff out, let people express what they need to express,” Prince Wiliam said.

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