Prince William opened up about his children growing up not knowing their grandmother, the late Princess Diana.
In a broad interview with British GQ, the heir of the throne opened up about his feelings about his mother’s 1997 death in a car accident in Paris.
William told the magazine he would like with his mother ‘ s advice, and for her to meet his wife, Kate, and to see her grandchildren grow up.
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Diana, Princess of Wales, son of Prince William, applaud the awards ceremony for the Ladies singles final at Wimbledon.
“I would like to have, was her advice. I would like her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that they are not, that they will never know her,” he said in the magazine.
Diana died long before the 3-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who recently turned 2, was born.
The father of two children, said it has taken him 20 years in “a better place” about his mother’s death, adding he is now able to talk “open” and “honest” about her.
“I still find it difficult because it was so raw. And it is also not like most people’s grief, because everyone knows it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her,” he said. “It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden or they can choose if they want to share their story.”
He also spoke about wanting his children to grow up in a “real, live environment” and not “behind the palace walls.”
“He’s out there,” William said of his son George. “The media make it more difficult, but I will fight for them to have a normal life…I could not do my job without the stability of the family.
The interview with former prime minister Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell focuses on William’s strong support for charities that work on mental health.
William says that his main goal is “smashing” the taboo around mental health discussions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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