Losing a parent – at any age – is a truly awful thing.
For Prince William, he was still a child when his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash.
And the future King of England has opened up about his loss during a visit to a children’s bereavement centre in Stratford, East London, alongside wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William was photographed making memory jars with a 9-year-old girl named Aoife, whose father had passed away of pancreatic cancer 6 years earlier.
“Do you know what happened to me?” the Prince reportedly asked her.
“You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was 15 and my brother was 12.
“Do you speak about your daddy? It’s very important to talk about it, very, very important.”
Prince William emphasised his point and again encouraged the youngsters at the centre to talk about the loved ones that were no longer with them, reportedly revealing that he felt ‘very angry’ about his mother’s death.
Mum Lorna Ireland, whose son Shinobi had spoken to the Prince, said:
“He told my son that when his mum died he was 15 at the time and he was very angry and found it very difficult to talk about it.
“So it was very important that Shinobi talked to somebody about how he was feeling even now years on.
“It was very personal and it was very special.”
Prince William is a royal patron for Child Bereavement UK, a non-profit organisation that was supported by his mum.