PRINCESS William revealed his grief over the loss of his mother Princess Diana as he comforted a young boy, telling him “things will get easier”.
The Duke, who lost his mother at the age of 15, sympathizes with Deacon Glover, 11, – whose mother passed away last year – after they met during a community visit yesterday.
The Prince spoke to the schoolboy and his great-grandmother, Carole Ellis, during a visit to Church Street in Burnley, Lancashire.
It’s a community center that helps people struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction or other issues.
William told the 11-year-old, whose mother Grace was 28 when she died, that “it just got easier.”
The duke asked the boy: “Do you feel you can talk about your mother?” He nodded.
Speaking affectionately to his only child, William added: “It’s hard, but I promise it will be easier.
“It just got easier.”
The pair also chatted about football – as Deacon was proud to wear Burnley’s jersey.
William asked him about Burnley’s football prospects and said that Prince Charles had come in as a supporter of the club after directing some of his charities to operate in the town.
The 11-year-old added: “A few years ago I found out that my dad was a Burnley fan.”
Prince William lost his mother, Princess Diana, in a tragic car crash in 1997.
Kate and William also visited Clitheroe Community Hospital in Lancashire yesterday – where they met GPS, nurses and patients.
William told staff: “We’re so grateful for all of your hard work. I’m not sure there are enough words to say how grateful everyone is for what you’ve done.”
He says he has a special relationship with staff because of his time as an air ambulance pilot.
They also met the hospital’s newest recruit – an adorable dog.
The Cambridges are pictured befriending cute 10-week-old macaw Alfie, who will be trained to assist patients and colleagues at East Lancashire Hospital’s NHS Trust with therapy dog Jasper .
Kate, wearing a long camel coat and boots, described the puppy – who licked Wills’ cheek – as “very sweet” but after being cuddled she added: “Their dog I would be very upset.”
Dog lover Kate, 40, was devastated when the family’s English cocker spaniel Lupo died in November 2020.
Lupo was bred from a dog owned by parents Kate, Michael and Carole Middleton, and was a gift.
But to her great joy, they welcomed a new four-legged baby to the family just months before Lupo passed away – an eight-month-old puppy believed to be by Kate’s brother James Middleton.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4509118/prince-william-reveals-grief-princess-diana-comforts-boy/ Prince William reveals grief over loss of mother Princess Diana as he comforts boy, 11, and him ‘it just got easier’