Prince William was with Kate in Luton, England this week to take part in talks about mental health and emotional well-being, all of which fits in perfectly with their ongoing campaign, Heads Together. While at the Keech Hospice, William met a boy named Ben Hines who had just recently lost his mother. The prince took the time to comfort the lad, saying, “Time makes it easier.”
According to People, Ben — and his brothers Thomas and Richard — lost their mom Alexandra to cancer in June of last year. He spoke of how they all miss her so much but that the hospice has helped since she passed, providing counselling and music therapy.
“I know how you feel,” William sympathized. “I still miss my mother every day — and it’s 20 years after she died.”
At one point, William rested his hand on Ben’s shoulder, telling the boys and their father, “Promise me that you will talk to each other,” adding that men are typically not “great sharers.”
Dad Gary told reporters, “He gave Ben his absolute attention. You could see that it struck a chord with him.”
William was just 15 and Harry was 12 when their mom died in the car crash that also killed her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. It’s wonderful that William could provide a bit of comfort to the Hines family, but what’s even better is how he’s trying to help them move on, urging them to keep the lines of communication open and not shut each other out. Hopefully the prince’s words ring true for them. Well done, Will.