Having a parent pass away is more often than not an incredibly painful experience for the children left behind. While many of us have the ability to grieve privately without the eyes of the world focused upon us, Prince William didn’t have this luxury when his mother, Princess Diana, tragically died in a 1997 car accident.
In a new interview with the British edition of GQ, Prince William explains that he’s finally become more comfortable speaking publically about his mother’s death.
Said the Prince: “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.”
Prince William, who is championing mental health awareness through initiatives like Heads Together, also admitted to GQ that the public spotlight definitely impacted his grieving process.
“It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage [of talking about it]. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw,” offered Prince William. “And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows [Diana].”
He continued: “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.”
“I could not do my job without the stability of the family,” relayed Prince William. “Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents.
“I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls – he has to be out there,” he continued. “The media make it harder, but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”
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–Prince William photos by: Press Association