Prince William has left one family with a very special message after he visited charity Child Bereavement UK – which helps kids facing grief.
Speaking to a little girl named Aoife, who had lost her father to pancreatic cancer, he shared his own story of losing his mum at the age of 15.
‘I lost my mummy when I was very young too,’ he told her. ‘Do you know what happened to me? You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was 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.’
The nine year old told the royal she was remembering her father with a ‘memory jar’ decorated with bright colours, which were her father’s favourites.
‘It was really nice that he talked to me,’ she said. ‘It was like there are other people who know what it is like to lose someone.’
Aoife’s mother, Marie, said, ‘I am telling my children that if they take anything away from this day, it is what he said about how important it is to talk. Kids do not forget that. Sometimes it hurts but we can remember the happy things too.’
Prince William has spoken in the past of his grief following the tragic loss of his mother.
The Prince revealed how difficult he found dealing with Princes Diana’s death in 1997 in a moving speech for his role as the Royal Patron of the Child Bereavement Charity.
“Never being able to say the world “Mummy” again in your life sounds like a small thing,” he confessed. “However, for many, including me, it’s now just a word – hollow and evoking only memories.”
The 34-year-old had previously preferred not to talk about the devastating effect losing his mother at just 15-years-old had on him and his brother Harry, 32, choosing instead to keep the matter private.
But the royal seemingly changed his mind to raise awareness for a cause that’s close to his heart.
The organisation, which was launched in 1994 by Diana herself in 1994, was set up to offer support to anyone grieving over the death of a child or for a child trying to come to terms with losing a parent.
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