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Can you believe it’s been nearly 20 years since we lost Diana, Princess of Wales? If you’re like us, you remember exactly where you were when you heard the tragic news and likely felt that same shock and disbelief. It was a devastating time, particularly for her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who understandably struggled with her death. It’s only been in recent years that the men have been able to take what they’ve learned from that experience and talk about it.

William covers the July issue of British GQ and the magazine is touting it as “the most candid interview he has ever given.” Which obviously means he’s going there.

“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,” he told GQ‘s Alastair Campbell, though he admitted it’s taken him “almost 20 years” to get there. “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.”

And that’s just it, right? EVERYONE knew his mother, everyone loved her so he couldn’t properly grieve, as his actions — whatever they were — were on display for the world to interpret.

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But Diana lives on in William and Harry. The more they speak, the more you hear their mother’s voice. It all ties in with their Heads Together campaign, and their goal to break the stigma attached to mental health. Will told GQ how he continues to be baffled by families who “find it so hard to talk about” their feelings. He knows firsthand just how unhealthy it can be to keep it all in, which is why he is so passionate about keeping the lines of communication open.

Speaking of candid, Will’s interview with the magazine also gives us a new pic of the Cambridges. Photographer Norman Jean Joy captured the family sitting under a tree on the grounds of Kensington Palace, having a blast in the grass. It’s times like that where we can imagine William being a little more introspective, wondering how life might’ve been different if his mother was still alive.

“I would like to have had her advice,” he admitted. “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.”

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It makes us sad too, but at the same time, they look to be doing pretty darn good, considering.

The entire interview will be out on June 1. We can’t wait to read more. Hopefully there’ll be more pics too.