Prince William knows the pain the little boy must be going through. He too, lost his mom when he was a child.
They say time heals all wounds, but some will remain with you forever. For Prince William one wound that will never heal is the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
William was only 15 when he lost his mother in a car accident, so he can relate to others who lost a loved one at a tender age. At a community visit recently, when he met an 11-year-old boy who lost his mom last year, he could empathize with him.
Deacon lost his mother, Grace Taylor when she was only 28-years-old.
Per New York Post, the Duke of Cambridge spoke to the schoolboy and his great-grandmother, Carole Ellis, during a visit to Church on the Street in Burnley, Lancashire. The community center is meant to help those who are struggling with issues such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, and/or other problems.
William told the 11-year-old that he knows what he's going through, having just lost his mom, and promised him that “it gets easier”
“Do you feel like you can talk about your mum?” William asked the boy, to which he nodded. Speaking affectionately to the little one, the Duke said, “It’s difficult, but it gets easier I promise you. It does get easier.”
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William and Kate's visit to the center was meant to be a surprise to Deacon, and he was disappointed at first to see it was them since he was expecting someone else. "He thought it was a footballer coming here so he was gutted when he found out it was William and Kate," one volunteer at the center said, per Sky News.
At first, while William, 39, an Aston Villa fan, kept talking to Deacon about football, it seemed like the youngster, who was wearing a Burnley shirt, was just not interested in the conversation. Eventually, he started engaging in a conversation with William, as William asked him about Burnley FC's prospects and pointed out that his father, the Prince of Wales, was a supporter of the club after directing some of his charities to work in the town.
"I only found out a few years ago that my dad is a Burnley fan," the 11-year-old boy said.
He then told Deacon and his great-grandmother that he hoped his own children would follow him in supporting Aston Villa. "I need to spread the love a bit," he said.
Losing a parent is never easy, and with time the pain does dull, but it doesn't go away!
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