PRINCE William has revealed his grief at losing his mum Princess Diana as he comforted a boy, telling him "it gets easier."
The Duke, who lost his own mum at the age of 15, sympathised with grieving Deacon Glover, 11 – whose mum died last year – after they met at a community visit yesterday.
The Prince spoke to the schoolboy and his great-grandmother, Carole Ellis, during a visit to Church on the Street in Burnley, Lancashire.
It's a community centre that helps people struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction or other problems.
William told the 11-year-old, whose mum Grace was just 28-years-old when she died, that "it gets easier."
The Duke asked the boy: "Do you feel like you can talk about your mum?" To which he nodded.
Speaking affectionately to the only child, William added: "It's difficult, but it gets easier I promise you.
"It does get easier."
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The pair also chatted about football – as Deacon was proudly wearing a Burnley shirt.
William asked him about Burnley's football prospects and said that Prince Charles had come out as a supporter of the club after directing some of his charities to work in the town.
The 11-year-old added: "I only found out a few years ago that my dad is a Burnley fan."
Prince William lost his mum, Princess Diana, in a tragic car accident in 1997.
Kate and William also visited Clitheroe Community Hospital in Lancashire yesterday – where they met with GPS, nurses and patients.
William told staff: "We're so grateful for all your hard work. I'm not sure there are enough words to say how grateful everyone is for what you have done."
He said he had a particular affinity with staff because of his time as an air ambulance pilot.
They also met the hospital's newest recruit – an adorable pooch.
The Cambridges were pictured making friends with cute 10-week old cockapoo Alfie, who will be trained to support patients and colleagues at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust alongside therapy dog Jasper.
Kate, wearing a long camel coat and boots, described the pup – who licked Wills' cheek – as "so sweet" but, after enjoying a cuddle, added: "Our dog is going to be very upset."
Dog-lover Kate, 40, was devastated when the family's English cocker spaniel Lupo died in November 2020.
Lupo was bred from a dog owned by Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and was a gift.
But much to her delight, they had welcomed a new four-legged to the family just months before Lupo's passing – an eight month old puppy reportedly given to them by Kate's brother, James Middleton.
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