It may be 19 years since he lost his mother, but Prince William has admitted that he still misses her everyday.
The young Royal made the admission during an emotional conversation with a 14-year-old boy whose mother passed away last summer at a hospice in Luton.
William, who was accompanied by wife Kate Middleton at their first public engagement since July, reached out to Ben Hines, who is mildly autistic, after the teen read a touching tribute to his late mother.
“I know how you feel,” William was heard saying. “I still miss my mother every day – and it’s 20 years since she died.”
Ben, who met the Duke and Duchess alongside his father Gary and brothers Thomas and Richard, spoke sweetly about how “lovely” his mother was, describing how, even though she couldn’t eat it herself, she always made sure the boys had Chinese for dinner on Mother’s Day.
“I miss her so much,” he concluded.
And when Mr Hines commented on how he “was getting all choked up” listening to his son’s speech, William laid a hand on Ben’s shoulder and urged the family to keep talking, saying he understood that men were not “great sharers” but that they should keep supporting one another
“He gave Ben his absolute attention,” Mr Hines said. “You could see that it struck a chord with him.”
Alexandra Hines passed away in June last year, following a battle with cancer; her two eldest sons, Thomas, 20 and Richard, 24, also spoke to the Duke of Cambridge about how the Keech Hospice had helped them, through counselling and music therapy, to deal with her tragic passing.
It was revealed earlier this week that William and Harry have been working closely with a number of charities ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death in August 2017.
Along with Historic Royal Palaces, the Princes are planning a memorial garden in honour of Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where they both have residences.