She was the People’s Princess; a fashion icon and celebrated royal known for her incredible heart and generosity. A patron or president of dozens of charities, she traveled the world for her causes, memorably visiting land-mine victims in Angola and terminally ill patients at Mother Theresa’s hospice in India. She advocated for those without a voice and left behind a legacy few will soon forget.
But more than that, Princess Diana was a mother to two boys who have gone on to dedicate their adult lives to helping others — as we saw last month when Prince William spoke out against LGBT bullying and this summer when Prince Harry embarked on a three-month African conservation trip.
But that’s just two of countless charities the princes (and Duchess Catherine as well) support, many of which Princess Diana supported herself before she passed. One of those charities in particular is Child Bereavement UK, which “supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement,” according to their website.
His mother helped to establish the organization and for Prince William, the royal patron, it is a charity that remains close to his heart. He attended their anniversary party on Thursday — 21 years after his mother attended the launch party — and gave a touching speech in which he expressed how much the charity has meant to both him and his mother:
“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. 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 has achieved, these last 21 years.”
He went on to explain how deeply touched he is by the work the charity does every day, and how fatherhood has given him a newfound appreciation for the cause:
“I have witnessed first-hand the difference CBUK has made – and continues to make – to the lives of bereaved families. CBUK works with military families, with the wrecked families of suicide victims, with little children whose lives are torn apart by the inexplicable death of a parent. And yet amid all this misery, CBUK – and I don’t know how they do this – brings warmth, comfort, a guiding hand, a way through, even color and joyfulness, and a renewed opportunity for love as a family re-knits itself after tragedy. … As a father to two young children myself, I now appreciate it all the more.”
Though we never know what life may bring, one can only hope that Prince George and Princess Charlotte never go through the heartache Princes William and Harry did when they lost their mother so young. But it is touching to know that while she may be gone, Princess Diana will never be forgotten — her children will make sure of it.More On