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'I got very sad and very down' - Prince William on mental strain of helping sick kids in air ambulance service

Britain's Prince William opened up today about the mental strain of being an air ambulance pilot, dealing with death and tragedy every working day.

He was taking part in a panel discussion at the "This Can Happen" conference in London which aims to address mental health issues in the workplace.

The Prince spent Syears flying helicopters for the East Anglia Air Ambulance service, and said he had always thought he could cope with everything he saw.

But once he started to have children of his own, there were particularly traumatic incidents involving children, one of which took him "over the edge".

"I started feeling things that I've never felt before, and I got very sad and very down about this particular family," he said.

William said he was lucky to have worked for employers with a good understanding of mental health, and urged everyone to "smash down" the stigma surrounding it.

The royal was taking part in a panel discussion at the "This Can Happen" conference in London. Source: Associated Press