‘I lost my mummy too’: Prince William

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Prince William and Kate visit child bereavement centre 0:52

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday met volunteers at a child bereavement centre in Stratford, east London. Courtesy: AP

Prince William speaks with families who’ve experienced bereavement during his visit to a child bereavement centre in the UK. He also opened up about his feelings after losing his mother. Picture: Matt Dunham.

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PRINCE William comforted a girl who was mourning the loss of her father at a charity event in London and made a rare public admission about his feelings following the death of Princess Diana.

“Do you know what happened to me?” William told nine-year old Aoife, who lost her father to pancreatic cancer six years ago.

“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.

Prince William consoles nine-year-old Aoife during his visit to a Child Bereavement Centre in Stratford in East London. Picture: Matt Dunham.

Prince William consoles nine-year-old Aoife during his visit to a Child Bereavement Centre in Stratford in East London. Picture: Matt Dunham.Source:AP

“Do you speak about your daddy?” William asked the girl.

“It’s very important to talk about it. Very, very important.”

The Duke of Cambridge spoke openly during the visit to the child bereavement centre with his wife, where they sat down with families making memory jars in honour of a loved one who has died.

Aoife’s mother, Marie, spoke to journalists after the event and said the conversation almost brought her to tears.

Kate the Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her husband to the charity event and spoke to children. Picture: Matt Dunham.

Kate the Duchess of Cambridge accompanied her husband to the charity event and spoke to children. Picture: Matt Dunham.Source:AP

“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,” she said.

As Lorna Ireland and her 12-year-old son Shinobi Irons filled their individual jars with bands of coloured salt — representing memories of the youngster’s grandmother who died three years ago and godmother who died in 2015 — the future king spoke about his feelings.

“He told my son that when his mum died he was 15 at the time and he was very angry and found it very difficult to talk about it,” Ireland said.

The royal couple cut a cake to celebrate the first anniversary of the charity's branch. Picture: Matt Dunham.

The royal couple cut a cake to celebrate the first anniversary of the charity’s branch. Picture: Matt Dunham.Source:Getty Images

“So it was very important that Shinobi talked to somebody about how he was feeling even now years on.

“It was very personal and it was very special.”

William’s candid comments came at the start of a year that will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

In recent years the royal siblings have begun to talk about their feelings surrounding their loss with Harry saying last summer in an interview he now regrets not opening up sooner about how his mother’s death affected him.

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