Prince William Addresses ‘Emptiness’ Over His Mother’s Death

In a rare moment of candor, Britain’s Prince William has opened up about his mother Princess Diana of Wales’ death more than a decade ago.

The 26-year-old prince has inherited his mother’s position as royal patron of the Child Bereavement Charity, and spoke at a gala fundraiser last night.

He acknowledged that “losing a close family member is one of the hardest experiences anyone can endure,” according to People.

“Never being able to say the word ‘Mummy’ again in your life sounds like a small thing. However, for many, including me, it is now really just a word—hollow and evoking only memories,” he said.

The charity—which was launched in 1994 and is launching a new initiative in to correspond with Britain’s equivalent to Mother’s Day later this month—exists to raise awareness of children who have lost parents.

“I can therefore wholeheartedly relate to the Mother’s Day campaign, as I too have felt and still feel the emptiness on such a day as Mother’s Day,” William confessed.

The prince’s mother perished in 1997 in a car accident in Paris, France.