Prince William opens up about 'fear' of fatherhood

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"You do feel like if you move them around too much, they are going to break, but they don't".

The Duke of Cambridge visited projects close to his heart in London on Thursday, showing his support for charities focused on men's mental health and well-being.

"It's never straightforward", says The Duke of Cambridge.

"And that's the thing isn't it, it's very daunting of how tiny they are when they first arrive".

He continued: "They are so fragile, tiny little fingers and toes".

When Rick said "they move about so much", the Prince joked back: "Wait 'til they're nine months, then they're off".

William last visited the St Vincent's Centre with wife Kate in the run-up to Christmas, when he spoke out against the drug spice after hearing about its devastating effect on the capital's homeless.

He concluded, "I always wondered how that affects new dads' mental health".

"Once the lack of sleep starts setting in, the stress levels go up", the duke - who asked questions and gave some advice from his own experiences - told the group.

The fear of having a newborn baby that's very vulnerable and that's what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do? "He has previously spoken out about the high rates of male suicide, highlighting how big a problem this is, and I think men's mental health is something we will see him talk about more this year and make more visits to highlight". "Because it's such a change, your whole life goes one way and then suddenly you're taught that you've got to adapt. the sooner you get ahead of it, the more you're equipped to deal with it the better".

"That's what worries me about new fathers' health".

Paul McDaniel, 53, who is a coordinator for the scheme, said: "We spoke about the practical skills of looking after a baby so being able to do those confidently but competently".

Another father who attended the course, Richard Parry, 35, said William "was interested in the mechanics of the nappy change and commented about how with two it's going to be double the trouble".

"He told them to be more aware of their feelings and that new dads can struggle with the basics of fatherhood".

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