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It was almost twenty ago that the 15-year-old heir to the British crown lost his mother in a tragic car accident in Paris. While the world grieved the loss of Princess Diana, none were so impacted as William and Harry, Diana’s two young sons.

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This week Prince William spoke at a gala dinner to mark the 21st anniversary of Child Bereavement UK, a charity launched in part by his late mother. Now a patron of the charity himself, William understands more than most the vast importance of the work that they do.

“Twenty-one years ago last month, my mother attended the launch of the Child Bereavement Charity.

Fifteen years later, I was honoured to be invited to become Patron of Child Bereavement UK to continue my mother’s commitment to a charity which is very dear to me.

What my mother recognized back then – and what I understand now – is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure.

But my mother was determined to help those in need and she would have been immensely proud – as I am – of all that Child Bereavement UK has achieved these last 21 years.”

We almost stopped right here, “What I understand now.”  Ugh. Our hearts.


If you’d like to support a bereavement charity in your area here are a few resources to start with.