Prince William shares his sadness that Diana will never meet his children
Prince William has opened up about missing his mother in an emotional interview with British GQ magazine.
William is notoriously reserved about Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 when he was just 15. In January, during a visit to a charity in Stratford, he spoke for the first time about grieving at such a young age.
On missing Diana, William told Tony Blair’s former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell that he wished his mum could’ve been there to watch his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, grow up.
“I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”
On the 20th anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales, he said: “I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.”
“It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.”
“It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story.”
William and his brother Harry have only recently started to open up about losing Diana.
In July last year, Prince Harry told Rio Ferdinand, the former England and Manchester United footballer who lost his wife last year, that he regretted not opening up sooner about his mother’s death.
William’s interview is accompanied by new pics of Kate and his children chilling in the gardens of Kensington Palace in April.
The interview is part of William’s ongoing Heads Together campaign on mental health.