The future King admits he still thinks of his mum every single day
Prince William has spoken out about losing his mother as a teenager, and admits not a day goes by when he doesn’t think of her.
In an unusually candid written piece, the 26-year-old future King said: ‘Never being able to say the word “Mummy” again in your life sounds like a small thing. However, for many, including me, it’s now really just a word – hollow and evoking only memories.’
The Prince decided to speak out after becoming the Royal Patron of the Child Bereavement Charity, an organisation his mother helped launch in 1994.
In the open letter, which is published in the Daily Mail, William writes: ‘Initially, there is a sense of profound shock and disbelief that this could ever happen to you. Real grief often does not hit home until much later. For many it is a grief never entirely lost.
‘Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost.
‘I know that over time it is possible to learn to live with what has happened and, with the passing of years, to retain or rediscover cherished memories.’
William was formally unveiled as the new patron of the Child Bereavement Charity at an event in London yesterday.
While helping launch the non-profit’s special Remember on Mother’s Day campaign, he also spent time meeting with families who have lost their mothers.
Making reference to his mother’s support for the charity when it launched, William said yesterday: ‘What my mother recognised then – and what I understand now – is that losing a close family member is one of the hardest experiences that anyone can ever endure.
‘I can therefore wholeheartedly relate to the Mother’s Day campaign as I too have felt – and still feel – the emptiness on such a day as Mother’s Day.
‘Mother’s Day is so painful for grieving families; for mothers remembering a lost child or for children longing for their mother – a day of happiness turned to sadness.’
The woman behind the Child Bereavement Charity, Julia Samuel, one of Diana’s closest friends, added: ‘The charity was started 15 years ago around a kitchen table and now we are the leading national charity of its kind.
‘I am so grateful for William’s support and proud of him for speaking so openly about the effect that losing his mother has had on him. It sounds so trite to say, but I know Diana would have been so proud of him too.’