On Thursday 12th March 2009, Prince William spoke in public for the first time about his mother Princess Diana death as he accepted his appointment as patron of the Child Bereavement Charity, a group his late mother had been associated.
26-Year-old Royal Prince addressed families at a London event about how “losing a close family member is one of the hardest experiences anyone can endure.”
“My mother Diana was present at your launch 15 years ago, and today I am incredibly proud to be able to continue her support for your fantastic charity, by becoming your royal patron,” Prince William 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.”
“I can … 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,” the prince told the crowd.
The Prince also told Lilli May, 47, whose son Benny, 12, died in May 2007 when he accidentally hanged himself on a looped kitchen towel, that it was important to deal with the sense of loss to prevent being overcome.
“Exactly, it’s that snowballing effect,” May told reporters. “It’s exactly what happened to me, just trying to blank it. Everyone has their own way of dealing with it. “He’s lost his mother. He was saying you can’t ignore it, there comes a point when you have to address issues, and find time to do that.”
Telegraph wrote “Prince William words are Startling”.
Quoted from Telegraph:
the royal family is not known for its eloquence, nor for its ability to articulate, in public at least, tough emotions keenly felt. In these days of the public confessional, in which everyone emotes all over the place and hand-holding and hand-wringing have become national pastimes, theirs has become a strangely endearing family trait. That is why William’s words are so startling; and there is no doubt they will raise awareness of the Child Bereavement Charity, of which the prince has become the Royal Patron and which offers support to anyone dealing with the loss of a child, or for a child dealing with the loss of a parent.