Prince William and Prince Harry are known for staying mum about their "mum," especially to the media, but that seems to be changing.
The brothers have been famously private about their grief over the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, when Harry was 12 and William was 15. But recently, Harry revealed his one major regret about losing his mom at such a young age, and now William is opening up about his emotions too.
It seems that while the dad of two was attending a charity event in Stratford, London, with wife Kate Middleton, he was overheard consoling a young girl who was mourning the loss of her father.
“Do you know what happened to me?" William reportedly told 9-year old Aoife, who lost her dad to pancreatic cancer six years ago. "You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was  and my brother was 12. So we lost our mummy when we were young as well."
"Do you speak about your daddy?" William asked the girl. "It’s very important to talk about it. Very, very important.”
This isn't the first time William has expressed his sentiment that talking about one's grief is crucial. At Keech Hospice Care in Luton, England, back in August 2016, Prince William told a 14-year-old boy whose mother passed away from cancer, "I still miss my mother every day and it’s 20 years after she died. The important thing is to talk about it as a family. It’s OK to feel sad; it’s OK for you to miss her.”
Seems like William has a knack for opening up to kids he can relate to who are in similar situations to the one he lived through at a young age. It's obviously a cause that's close to his heart.
Aoife’s mother, Marie, spoke to journalists after the event and said the conversation almost brought her to tears.
“I couldn’t believe it when he started to talk about his mother. It was very emotional and I was willing myself not to start to cry. I almost did,” she said.
Us too! Yet another reason to love the way William, Kate, and Harry have shown their ability to empathize with young people struggling with life's challenges--which we believe is a fantastic use of their royal power.