Prince William Tells Boy Who Lost His Own Mother That He Misses Princess Diana Every Day

Assume the fetal position.

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::Draws shuddery breath:: Okay, you can do this.

During a visit to Keech Hospice in Luton, England on Wednesday, Prince William met a 14-year-old boy mourning the loss of his mother and shared some advice on how to cope.

"Time makes it easier," he said to Ben Hines, according to the Telegraph (opens in new tab). "I know how you feel. I still miss my mother every day—and it's 20 years after she died."

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting Luton

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Hines' parallel story—Prince William was only a year older when Princess Diana was involved in a fatal car crash in 1997—obviously "struck a chord" with the royal, who gave the boy his "undivided attention," said Hines' father.

In line with his and Prince Harry's recent efforts (opens in new tab) to open up (opens in new tab) about their memories of Princess Diana (opens in new tab), Prince William asked the Hines to keep the lines of communication open. "Promise me that you will talk to each other," Prince Williams said to Hines, his two brothers, and his father at the conclusion of their conversation. They did.

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Chelsea Peng
Chelsea Peng

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.