Prince Wil­liam: I miss my mother ev­ery day... time makes it eas­ier

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY VIC­TO­RIA MUR­PHY Royal Cor­re­spon­dent vic­to­ria.mur­phy@ mir­

AS he com­forted a griev­ing boy, Prince Wil­liam opened up about the pain he still en­dures over Princess Diana’s death.

In an emo­tional en­counter at a hos­pice, Wil­liam rested his hand on 14-year-old Ben Hines’s arm and told him: “Time makes it eas­ier.”

Ben’s mum Alexan­dra died of cancer last year aged 40. Wil­liam told the lad yes­ter­day: “I know how you feel. I still miss my mother ev­ery day – and it’s 20 years af­ter she died.”

Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion that brought back mem­o­ries of Diana’s abil­ity to touch the hearts of strangers, Wil­liam made Ben, his brothers Thomas and Richard and their dad Gary prom­ise they would keep talk­ing to each other about their feel­ings.

The prince said men are not “great shar­ers”. Gary said: “He gave Ben his ab­so­lute at­ten­tion. You could see that it struck a chord with him.”

Wil­liam was 15 when his mum Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris on Au­gust 31, 1997, aged 36.

Prince Harry re­vealed re­cently that he had not spo­ken about their mother’s death un­til three years ago, adding: “I re­ally re­gret not ever talk­ing about it.” Wil­liam was joined by wife Kate dur­ing yes­ter­day’s visit to Keech Hos­pice Care in Lu­ton, Beds. She said “I love cud­dles” as she hugged a boy of six whose older brother died two years ago. Ear­lier, Wil­liam and Kate vis­ited a youth cen­tre that sup­ports chil­dren through tough times. As the cou­ple took part in a cake bak­ing ses­sion at the Youth­scape build­ing in the town, Kate – in an LK Ben­nett dress she wore in Australia two years ago – said: “When I try to do this with George at home, choco­late and the golden syrup goes ev­ery­where. He makes so much mess. It’s chaos.” Wil­liam played video game FIFA16, be­fore say­ing: “Oh, my wife has gone, I’ll be in trou­ble. I have been ac­cused of play­ing too long on com­puter games.” At the fi­nal stop in Lu­ton, the prince burst out laugh­ing when Tr­ish Cruse, 57, asked for his brother’s mo­bile num­ber to give to her daugh­ter. Wil­liam, at the Hay­ward Tyler fac­tory to present the Queen’s Award for En­ter­prise, replied: “Oh, no! You don’t want that.”

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