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.