Prince William has revealed terrible incidents involving kids while he served as an air ambulance pilot nearly tipped him “over the edge”.
The Duke of Cambridge, 36, said he began to “feel things he had never felt before” after one call out in particular, The Sun reports.
He was speaking at the first ever This Can Happen conference at The O2 in London today which aims to address mental health issues at work.
Opening up about his own experiences of feeling “very sad and very down” while working for the air ambulance service, he said he was lucky to have worked with them because of their good mental health practices.
He said: “Talking was really important, but even that wasn’t quite enough for one particular incident for me.
“I worked several times on very traumatic jobs involving children, and after I had my own children I think the relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge.”
The Prince added: “I started feeling things that I have never felt before, and I got very sad and very down about this particular family.”
It is understood that he was referring to an accident involving a child.
William added that talking to colleagues helped him to “come to terms with the enormous sadness” of what had happened.
The Duke of Cambridge became a full-time pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in early 2009.
His service with the British Armed Forces ended in 2013 due to his royal role.