See seven touching photos of Prince William and his mother Princess Diana as he reveals for the first time the grief he felt when she died.
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Prince William was just 15 years old when Princess Diana, his beloved mother, was killed in a car crash in 1997 and he spoke about his immense loss at the Child Bereavement UK charity event that was near and dear to her on October 15, 2015.
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The future King of England revealed his connection to the charity, saying, "Twenty-one years ago last month, my mother attended the launch of the Child Bereavement Charity. Fifteen years later, I was honored 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."
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William then spoke about the devastation he felt when his mother was killed in Paris. "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," he said.
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However, much like the Princess Diana, William chose to turn his personal tragedy into a benefit for others: "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."
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"CBUK's humanity is simply unparalleled, and it is deeply moving," Prince Charles and Princess Diana's eldest son said according to the UK Mirror.
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William and Kate Middleton visited the charity in March 2013 when she was pregnant with Prince George. Princess Diana attended the organization's launch just three months before her death.
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Now a proud papa to little Princess Charlotte, whom he described as "lady-like," and Prince George, who is "lively," William said the organization was more meaningful as a parent. "As a father to two young children myself, I now appreciate it all the more." What do you think about William's tribute to Princess Diana? Sound off in comments below.