Published: Fri, January 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Prince William shared his childhood heartbreak with kids mourning their parents

Sharing their loss is having an impact on others who know that pain, Aoife's mother told reporters.

These young people will be selected from a poll of nominations by an independent judging panel chaired by Dame Julia Clevedon, Founder of Step Up To Serve.

In addition to receiving the great honour, the young individuals will have access to a unique development programme to aid the enhancement of their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology.

The Princes, like their uncle Earl Spencer, are now huge supporters of the Diana Award, which was set up to promote the Princess's belief in the positive power of young people and now fosters, develops and inspires change in the lives of young people around the world. The closing date for nominations is March 17.

"It was really nice that he talked to me", she told the mag.

'Our theme for this 20th anniversary year is centred on Princess Diana's values of kindness, compassion and service.

The organization has also launched the International Legacy Award, which is set to celebrate 20 young people who have committed themselves to transforming the lives of others. The Award is open to 2016-2017 recipients of the Diana Award, aged 9-18, from across the globe.

During a visit with children and families who have suffered bereavement, William comforted a little girl grieving for her father, telling her he "lost my mummy when I was very young too", reports People and the Daily Mail.

The siblings' father John died from pancreatic cancer six years ago and William opened up about losing his parent nearly 20 years ago.

"Do you know what happened?" he asks. I lost my mummy when I was very young too.

Diana was tragically killed in a vehicle accident on August 31, 1997, leaving behind sons Prince William, 15, and 12-year-old Prince Harry. "It's very important to talk about it. very, very important".

"It was very personal and it was very special", she added.

Ann Chalmers, the Chief Executive of Child Bereavement U.K., said that William shows "real empathy" for families who lost loved ones because of his "depth of understanding of their situations".

Particularly exciting is the news that the charity, with the full support of the royal brothers, will mark the anniversary of Diana's death with a new Legacy Award.

The Diana Award, a charity, will remember her life with events including the launch of an global award for young people.

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