Losing a parent is never easy, but losing one at a young age is especially difficult. Prince William knows the struggle from his own personal experience, which is why Child Bereavement UK is one of his key causes.
Last week, William and the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a Child Bereavement UK center in the district of Stratford in London, where the prince met a special little girl named Aoife who lost her father to pancreatic cancer six years earlier. And, in an attempt to comfort Aoife, William shared his own story.
“Do you know what happened to me?” the prince asked the 9-year-old girl. “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? It’s very important to talk about it, very, very important.”
In addition to offering their support, William and Kate also helped the families at the center make “memory jars,” which involved filling jars with different colored salts representing their loved ones who passed.
“It was really nice that he talked to me,” Aoife said. “It was like there are other people who know what it is like to lose someone.”
Marie, Aoife’s mother, was also extremely appreciative of the prince’s kind words–“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.”
“I am telling my children that if they take anything away from this day, it is what he said about how important it is to talk,” Marie continued. “Kids do not forget that. Sometimes it hurts but we can remember the happy things too. It is so important to talk.”