William sad that his kids will never know Diana

Prince William (far left) and his brother Prince Harry at the wedding ceremony of his sister-in-law Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Prince William was 15 and Prince Harry 12, when their mother Princess Diana died.
Prince William (far left) and his brother Prince Harry at the wedding ceremony of his sister-in-law Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Prince William was 15 and Prince Harry 12, when their mother Princess Diana died.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LONDON • In a wide-ranging interview with GQ magazine, one of his most candid to date, Britain's Prince William talked about how much he misses his late mother, Princess Diana.

"I would like to have had her advice. 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 Duke of Cambridge told GQ writer Alastair Campbell, the former spin doctor of former British prime minister Tony Blair.

The prince married Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in 2011 and they have two children, Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, two.

Prince William appears on the GQ cover, which comes out a few months before the 20th anniversary of the Paris car crash that killed his mother. He was 15 at the time of the accident and his brother, Prince Harry, was 12.

"I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time," Prince William said. "It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time, it was so raw. And also, it is not like most people's grief because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her."

He also talked extensively about mental health and Heads Together, a campaign he launched with his wife and brother to tackle the stigma of mental illness.

"I've been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness. I just don't understand it. I know I come across as quite reserved and shy. I don't always have my emotions brewing, but behind closed doors, I think about the issues. I get very passionate about things. I rely on people around me for opinions and I am a great believer in communication on these issues," he said.

"I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have... whereas if you have a broken leg in plaster, everyone knows what to say."

The profile also includes a candid shot of the prince and his family relaxing in their garden. "I could not do my job without the stability of the family. 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," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2017, with the headline 'William sad that his kids will never know Diana'. Print Edition | Subscribe