Prince William Consoles Young Boy Who Lost His Mother to Cancer: 'I Still Miss My Mother Every Day'
William was 15 years old when Princess Diana passed.
The royal family has weathered their fair share of heartache, so Prince William is uniquely prepared to offer words of wisdom to those in difficult situations.
On Wednesday, the Prince and Kate Middleton visited Keech Hospice in Luton, England, where they met Ben Hines, a 14-year-old boy who'd recently lost his mother to cancer.
Ben and brothers Thomas and Richard Hines' mother Alexandra passed away a year ago in June. The three were in attendance to lay praise upon Keech, an institution they said had offered them hugely beneficial counseling and therapy since her passing.
After hearing their story, William, who lost his own mother Princess Diana when he was only 15 years old, went out of his way to console Ben.
"Time makes it easier," he said. "I know how you feel. I still miss my mother every day, and it's 20 years after she died."
William also encouraged the Hines brothers and their father Gary to communicate during the very difficult time.
"Promise me that you will talk to each other," he asked of them, adding that men are not "great sharers."
The visit was a part of the Duke and Duchess's ongoing advocacy for children's mental health programs.