Prince William revealed the surprising way life changed after having children.

The Duke of Cambridge, 36, spoke on mental health at the 2018 This Can Happen Conference on Tuesday in London. Opening up about his own struggles, he admitted that while serving with the air ambulance service, he grappled with feelings of distress after becoming a dad, reports People.

The father of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months, with wife Kate Middleton, said at first, he imagined his job wouldn’t affect him too deeply. But after seeing dead and injured children around the world as an ambulance pilot, the mental pressure began to have an impact on him outside of work.

The royal father of three said:

“You start to take away bits of the job and keep them in your body. And of course, you don’t want to share with your loved ones because you just don’t want to bring that sort of stuff home.”

As reported by the Sun he added:

“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 recalled:

“I started feeling things that I have never felt before, and I got very sad and very down about this particular family.”

William noted that the U.K. military is taking steps to address mental health in their training programs, describing the serious effect incidents involving tragedy can have on service men and women. He said:

“We all have mental health. Just as we look after our physical health, we look after our mental health.”

As previously reported by Dearly, Prince Harry admitted to seeking treatment following the fatal crash that killed his and William’s mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.

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