Prince William has revealed it has taken him 20 years to open up about his mother’s death, speaking to GQ in his most candid interview yet about the late Princess Diana.
The Heads Together spokesperson met with the magazine ahead of his cover issue on mental health, revealing:
“I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better. It has taken me almost twenty years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw."
William also spoke about dealing with his grief in public.
“And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about 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 away or they can choose if they want to share their story.”
The Prince told the publication that he wished Diana had met his family.
“I would like to have had her advice," he added. "I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”
The young family posed for a rare candid photo for the issue, with Kate Middleton, their two children George and Charlotte, and their dog Lupo sitting in the grass together.
“I could not do my job without the stability of the family," William continued. "Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents.
“I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”