Prince helps griev­ing girl with his own story

The Wharf - - The Week -

The Duke of Cambridge com­forted a nine-year-old girl who had lost her fa­ther, shar­ing his own ex­pe­ri­ences of loss.

The Duke and Duchess were pay­ing a visit to a Child Be­reave­ment UK cen­tre in Strat­ford with the Duchess of Cambridge.

He told the the girl. “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.”

Aoife’s mother, Marie, said af­ter­wards: “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.”

The royal cou­ple cel­e­brate the first an­niver­sary of the Strat­ford branch of the char­ity

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