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