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Prince William admits to young boy he was “very angry” about the death of his mother

Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows that the saying “time heals everything” does not hold true, you only learn how to better live with the grief.

During a visit to Child Bereavement UK today, the Duke of Cambridge opened up about dealing with that grief in a rare show of emotion. While talking to Aoife, a nine-year-old girl whose father died he asked:”Do you know what happened to me?

“You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was 15 and my brother was 12. So we lost our mummy when we were young as well.

“Do you speak about your daddy? It’s very important to talk about it, very, very important.”

Marie, Aoife’s mother told The Telegraph later on: “I couldn’t believe it when he started to talk about his mother. It was very emotional and I was willing myself not to start to cry. I almost did.

“I am telling my children that if they take anything away from this day, it is what he said a out how important it is to talk. Kids do not forget that. Sometimes it hurts but we can remember the happy things too. It is so important to talk.”

When speaking to another child, Prince William admitted that he was “very angry” about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales who was killed in a Paris car crash on 31 August 1997.

Families at the centre were filling jars with coloured salt that represent the memories they have of lost loved ones. Lorna Ireland and her son, Shinobi Irons filled them in memory of his grandmother who died three years ago and his godmother who died two years ago.

Ireland said to The Telegraph: “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.”

Princes William and Harry have not often spoken about the death of their mother, but have been opening up more. Prince Harry admitted in an interview last year that he wishes he spoke about it sooner, as he took her death very hard. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time at the organisation after Kate visited the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families earlier in the day. Diana was an original supporter of Child Bereavement UK when it first launched in 1994.


  • Animosity4U

    He needs a hair transplant! if his wife were going bald she would fix it. he should do the same!

    • JW

      Hair does not maketh a man!

    • Suzi Ropiequet

      I’m impressed that Wm is not doing a “comb over” like his Father. Looks ridiculous. He is taking life as it comes, and dealing with it the best he can. I read that Kate gave him a tam-o-shanter with ginger colored hair attached! What a good sport.

  • bookworm

    He is as he is in terms of his scalp. What he is as a person is of far greater importance. From this article he comes across as a very nice, honest and straightforward young man who can give a lot to those he makes contact with. If he carries on as he is doing at present he will eventually be an awesome monarch.

  • dippy52

    I think Prince Williams mother would be so proud of this wonderful man he has turned out to be and his equally lovely brother. They had as normal a start to life as their mum could give them and they are showing their caring sides as Princess Diana did. They must have gone through hell when she died and they were always seeing such rubbish in the paper’s about her, but they also saw how much the majority of people loved her. They are carrying on her legacy. I wish William coulc be king after jis gran dies, he will make a lovely King

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