Prince Wil­liam speaks of ‘anger’ when his mother Diana died

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FEATURES -

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 to the char­ity Child Be­reave­ment UK in Lon­don on Wed­nes­day, 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.

The Diana Award, a char­ity, will re­mem­ber her life with events in­clud­ing the launch of an in­ter­na­tional award for young peo­ple.

Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, will host an exhibition at the fam­ily’s home and a fundrais­ing event later in the year.

MATT DUN­HAM — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam speaks with Aoife, 9, dur­ing his visit to a Child Be­reave­ment UK Cen­tre in Strat­ford in east Lon­don, Wed­nes­day. Prince Wil­liam has been the royal pa­tron of the Child Be­reave­ment UK or­gan­i­sa­tion since 2009. It sup­ports fam­i­lies and ed­u­cates pro­fes­sion­als when a baby or child of any age dies or is dy­ing, or when a child is fac­ing be­reave­ment.

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