It's a phenomenon many new parents are familiar with: the vulnerability of their young children can make the adults more aware of the fragility of life and bring emotions rushing to the surface. Even a prince—who, after all, is in a good position to provide security for his family—is not immune from the anxieties that fatherhood brings.
Speaking in a documentary about The Prince's Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles that empowers disadvantaged young people, which airs on British channel ITV Monday night, Prince William says that since the birth of Prince George and now Princess Charlotte, he's "a lot more emotional than I used to be."
"Weirdly, I never used to really get too wound up or worried about things, but now the smallest little things—I can feel—you well up a little bit more," he says in When Ant & Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of The Prince's Trust.
Concern for his children's future has also made William more aware of larger forces that are shaping the challenges they may face, even though he's already had a greater opportunity than most to observe the powers shaping events up close. "You get affected by things that happen around the world a lot more, I think, as a father," he says. "Just because you realize how precious life is."
"It puts it all in perspective—the idea of not being around to see your children grow up," the prince adds, perhaps thinking of his own mother, Princess Diana, who passed away when he was 15.
The interview had lighter moments as well, with William, along with brother Prince Harry, joking about the long letters they receive from their father, who apparently is not a fan of texting or emails. "No, no," William observes, "[He] doesn't do modern technology."
Watch Prince William talk about fatherhood in a clip from the When Ant & Dec Met the Prince: 40 Years of The Prince's Trust documentary below: