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Prince William has said the “shock” of his mother’s extinction is still with him, 20 times after she was killed in a vehicle gate-crash in Paris.

William, who was 15 when Diana, Princess of Wales succumbed, said the loss of a mother “never leaves you”.

“I still have shock within me – people say it can’t last-place that long but it does, ” he told the BBC One documentary, Mind Over Marathon, airing on Thursday.

It returns after Prince Harry said he had counselling over their mother’s death.

The Duke of Cambridge told the BBC that he had to “learn to deal with” the loss of a parent.

“The shock is the biggest event[ which] I still feel 20 year later, about my mother, ” William said.

“You never get over it, it’s such an unbelievably large-hearted moment in your life that it never leaves you. You just hear to deal with it.”

Marathon campaign

His younger brother Prince Harry has said he spent virtually 20 times “not thinking” about Diana’s car crash in August 1997.

He told the Daily Telegraph “that its not” until his late 20 s that he treated the heartbreak – after two years of “total chaos” and going close to a “complete breakdown”.

The two lords, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, are promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign, the London Marathon’s charity of the year.

William said he misses parties to speak more openly about mental health.

In the two-part documentary, William speaks to groupings of 10 smugglers living with or affected by different mental health issues concerns, as they prepare for the start of the marathon on Sunday.

The two-part series, Mind Over Marathon, starts on BBC One at 21:00 BST on Thursday 20 April, as part of a Minds Matter serial of programming about mental health issues.

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