Prince William Says He “Felt Angry” After Princess Diana’s Death
“I lost my mummy when I was very young.”by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
For most of their lives, Prince William and Prince Harry have remained largely silent about their late mother, Princess Diana, only speaking about her on rare occasions. A shift took place, however, about three years ago, when William became the royal patron of the Child Bereavement charity, which Diana actually helped to start in 1994. At that point, he spoke about what it was like to lose his mother during his teenage years: “Never being able to say the word ‘mummy’ again in your life sounds like a small thing,” he said. “However, for many, including me, it’s now really just a word—hollow and evoking only memories.” He went on to discuss the “profound shock and disbelief,” and said, “Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost.”
From that point on, both William and Harry—who were 15 and 12, respectively, when Diana passed away—have shared assorted reflections about Diana. In July of 2016, Harry said, “I really regret not ever talking about [her death]. For the first 28 years of my life, I never talked about it.” And earlier in the year, in March, he shared, on Good Morning America, “I hope she’s looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established, I suppose. I’m sure she’s longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again.” And William said in August of this year, “Time makes it easier. . . . I still miss my mother every day—and it’s 20 years after she died.”
On Wednesday of this week, William, while visiting the Child Bereavement center, and accompanied by wife Kate, spoke to a group of children who had lost parents. Afterward, the mother of one of the children explained to reporters that William had told them that one of the emotions he grappled with following Diana’s death was anger. “He told us how he felt angry when she died. He very specifically used that word anger, he felt angry about it,” the mother, named Lorna, said. “He also told us how important it was to talk about how we feel when we lose someone as he found it very difficult to talk about it.” Additionally, William spoke with a child named Aoife, who lost her father six years ago, sharing, “Do you know what happened to me? You know, I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was 15, and my brother was 12. . . . Do you speak about your daddy? It’s very important to talk about it, very, very important.”
There will be several commemorative events held over the course of this year, as the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death will take place in August.