Prince William opens up about emotional toll of Air Ambulance work

The Duke of Cambridge made a candid admission during a trip in support of a mental health help line.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued their mental health crusade in a day that brought forward a lot of raw emotion for the pair.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine were lending a hand listening in to phone calls from worried parents asking advice from YoungMinds, a mental health hotline.

During the day, Wills reportedly asked if he could be excluded from hearing the more distressing stories because he feared he would dissolve into “floods of tears.”

According to The Daily Mail, as the pair prepared to listen in on calls from adults worried about their children’s mental health, Prince William said: “Can I have an easy one please? I’m carrying a lot of things at the moment. I will be in floods of tears at the end otherwise.”

The Prince, who serves as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service, also said he had seen “too many sad families” during his time there.

“I can’t deal with any more stuff.

“Just maybe at the lower level if I can. I’m steeling myself the best I can.”

WATCH: Kate and Wills’ inspiring mission for mental health. Story continues below.

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Meanwhile, Duchess Catherine revealed that listening to all the mental health issues involving children had both herself and William concerned for their kids Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, one.

“We face worries because we’ve got small, young children,” the mother-of-two confessed.

She praised the efforts of the service.

“If those worries escalate, how vital it is to get support – and you are providing that support,” she said.

“As a parent and as a mother, having that feeling that there is somebody there that is non-judgmental, that can provide the professional support, and that can really provide a helping hand at a really difficult time.”

Prince William is truly passionate about mental health. Watch him discuss tough issues with parents in the clip below.

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