Prince William has given a moving speech about his mother, the late Princess Diana.
He revealed how his mother’s work with bereaved families inspired his own work in his public duties.
He spoke at the Banqueting Hall in London at a gala to mark the 21st anniversary of Child Bereavement UK, which Princess Diana helped to launch.
Prince William refers to the pain of his mother’s death in 1997, he said:
“What my mother recognised back then – and what I understand now – is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure.
“Twenty one years ago last month, my mother attended the launch of the Child Bereavement Charity.
“Fifteen years later, I was honoured to be invited to become Patron of Child Bereavement UK to continue my mother’s commitment to a charity which is very dear to me.
“My mother was determined to help those in need and she would have been immensely proud – as I am – of all that Child Bereavement UK has achieved these last 21 years.
“Tonight we celebrate the enormous, positive difference this charity has made to bereaved families across the country.
“When many people slink away at the sight of a friend’s bereavement, CBUK’s staff embrace strangers at the darkest moment in their life.
“I have witnessed first-hand the difference CBUK has made – and continues to make – to the lives of bereaved families.
“CBUK works with military families, with the wrecked families of suicide victims, with little children whose lives are torn apart by the inexplicable death of a parent.
“And yet amid all this misery, CBUK – and I don’t know how they do this – brings warmth, comfort, a guiding hand, a way through, even colour and joyfulness, and a renewed opportunity for love as a family reknits itself after tragedy.”
His mother was good friends with the organisation’s Founder Patron Julia Samuel and she is the godmother to William’s son, Prince George.
“CBUK’s humanity is simply unparalleled, and it is deeply moving.
“As a father to two young children, I now appreciate it all the more.”