LONDON (AP) — 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.
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“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.