William Opens Up on Loss of 'Mummy'

He becomes patron of child bereavement charity
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 8:55 AM CDT
Prince William is the new patron of Britain's Child Bereavement Charity.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
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(Newser) – Prince William makes his first public acknowledgment about the grief he felt after losing his mother in a Daily Mirror essay. "Never being able to say the word 'Mummy' again in your life sounds like a small thing," he writes. "However, for many, including me, it's now really just a word—hollow and evoking only memories." William recently became patron of the Child Bereavement Charity, a group Princess Diana helped launch.

"Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost.," William writes. The prince, 26, also gave a speech at a reception for the charity, the Guardian notes. He said he supports the group's campaign centered around Mother's Day—a difficult time for families who have lost mothers or children. "I too have felt, and still feel, the emptiness on such a day as Mother's Day," William said. (Read more Prince William stories.)