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William’s touching words about Phillip weeks before he died – ‘Strong memories’ of Duke

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PRINCE WILLIAM has opened up about fond recollections he has of his late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh in a new podcast about mental health. The Duke of Cambridge recorded the special episode in the spring, with reports suggesting he completed his nostalgic walk around the Queen’s Sandringham estate in February. This would be around two months prior to Prince Philip’s death, aged 99, in April. Wandering around the Norfolk estate, Prince William speaks during his walk for the Apple Fitness+ Time To Walk podcast, which promotes mental health through physical activity and reliving past experiences.

 

 

He starts at St Mary Magdalene Church, the sixteenth-century building on Sandringham’s grounds where the Royal Family traditionally attend the morning service on Christmas Day. He begins: “So we’re right outside St Mary Magdalene Church. The flag’s up and I’m right beside the door we normally go in as a family.”

 

 

William is said to have struggled with the impact of his job.

William is said to have struggled with the impact of his job.


Prince William continued: “My family spend their Christmases in Norfolk at Sandringham, in the UK. “You’ve got big pine trees that are quite synonymous with this part of Norfolk. And I love the smell of pine in the winter. It’s very soothing.

 

 

“As we’re walking along here, it’s been a walk that my family have done for many, many years on Christmas Day.” He described the strong sensory connections he has between the landscape and his grandfather, adding: “I have strong memories of walking down here, and my grandfather, he used to walk so fast that there’d be huge gaps and spaces between all of us.

 

 

“There’d be us at the back with little legs trying to keep up.” He added: ‘And what’s very good about it is that we sit opposite each other as a family and, growing up, having my cousins sat opposite me has always been quite difficult to keep a straight face at times.

 

 
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‘I have had the giggles many, many times in the service. Luckily, no one’s filming it. So you can get away with it, and on Christmas Day it’s fun to have a giggle and enjoy yourself. This Christmas will have a touch of melancholy to the Royal Family’s celebrations, as they prepare to celebrate their first festive holiday without Prince Philip.

 

 

At other points in the podcast, William is disarmingly candid about his experiences with poor mental health. The future king, 39, recounted how one event, which he witnessed when working as a helicopter pilot for the air ambulance service, impacted him.

 

 

The Duke of Cambridge was part of a team working to save a seriously injured young boy, only a few years apart in age from Prince George. In the episode, Prince William relayed just how much the incident affected him, describing how in his worldview “something had changed” after that day.

 

 

In the Prince’s detailed recounting of his depressive feelings, which made him feel as if “the whole world was dying”, the darkness surrounding his thoughts intensified over the following weeks. He likened his experience to if “someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that”.

 

 

He added: “You just feel everyone’s pain, everyone’s suffering. And that’s not me. I’ve never felt that before.” It is thought that the day to which the Duke was referring was the one in which Bobby Hughes, five, was left with brain damage after a car accident.

 

 

More lightheartedly, he revealed that Shakira’s hit song, Waka Waka, is a particular favourite of two of the Cambridge children, and Philip’s great-grandchildren – Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six. He said: “One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, Waka Waka. “There’s a lot of hip movements going along. There’s a lot of dressing up.

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