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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - De Niro

Bri­tain’s Prince

Wil­liam has com­forted a young girl who lost a par­ent and spo­ken out about his feel­ings when his mother,

Princess Diana, died two decades ago. Dur­ing a visit

Wed­nes­day to the char­ity Child Be­reave­ment UK in Lon­don, Wil­liam was seen speak­ing qui­etly to a 9-year-old girl, Aoife, about the loss of her fa­ther. “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,” he told her, ac­cord­ing to The Daily Tele­graph. Lorna Ire­land, a par­ent at the event, said Wil­liam told her 12-year-old son that as a teenager, he was “very an­gry and found it very dif­fi­cult to talk about” Diana’s death. “It was very per­sonal and it was very spe­cial,” she said of his com­ments. Wil­liam is a royal pa­tron to the char­ity, which was also sup­ported by Diana. This year marks 20 years since Diana died in a car crash in Paris in Au­gust 1997.

Robert De Niro came to the de­fense of Meryl Streep, say­ing her speech at the Golden Globes was “great.” The mul­ti­ple Os­car-win­ner wrote a let­ter of sup­port to his The Deer Hunter co-star af­ter fall­out over her crit­i­cism of Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Sun­day. Streep said that “when the pow­er­ful use their po­si­tion to bully oth­ers, we all lose.” De Niro, in his let­ter, wrote: “What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beau­ti­fully. I have so much re­spect for you that you did it while the world was cel­e­brat­ing your achieve­ments. I share your sen­ti­ments about punks and bul­lies. Enough is enough.” A De Niro rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed the let­ter was au­then­tic. De Niro and Streep have co-starred in four films: The Deer Hunter, Fall­ing in Love, Marvin’s Room and First Man. De Niro has been crit­i­cal of Trump be­fore, ap­pear­ing in an on­line video dur­ing last year’s cam­paign call­ing Trump “a pig,” “an id­iot” and “a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talk­ing about.”

Aoife and Wil­liam

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