'I lost my mummy when I was very young too,' Prince William tells grieving girl
Prince William has made rare public admissions about his feelings following the death of Princess Diana, talking to children at a bereavement centre in London.
He told a grieving boy he was "very angry" when his mother died, while he told a girl who had lost her mother "I lost my mummy when I was very young too."
William's candid comments came at the start of a year that will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.
He spoke openly during a visit to a London bereavement centre with his wife, where they sat down with families making memory jars in honour of a loved one who has died.
Aoife, 9, lost her father John from pancreatic cancer, reports the Daily Mail.
According to the Daily Mail, he urged Aoife not to bottle up her loss, adding: "Do you speak about your daddy? It's very important to talk about it. Very, very important."
Aoife's mother Marie said: "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.
"I am telling my children that if they take anything away from this day, it is what he said about how important it is to talk. Kids do not forget that."
And 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.
Video:Moving scenes as William speaks to a little girl whose father died from pancreatic cancer. 'I lost my mummy when I was very young too' pic.twitter.com/lIQWeKTbqR— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 11, 2017
"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."
The Duke of Cambridge was a teenager and his brother Prince Harry was just 12 when their mother Diana was killed 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.
- AAP and Stuff