Sunday will be a cause for celebrations for Prince William, who will mark his birthday on Father’s Day. However, like many other people who have lost loved ones, during the special day the Duke of Cambridge will likely think of his late mother, according to royal commentator Katie Nicholl. She told OK! magazine: “William misses his mother.
“It must be emotional for him that she’s not here to share this.
“She’s still a significant part of his life so inevitably, on his birthday, his thoughts will be with her.”
Prince William is said to be keeping the memories of his mother alive not just for himself but also for his three children, so that they can grow up aware of who the late Princess of Wales was.
Ms Nicholl said: “William is keeping his mother’s memory alive.
Prince William is turning 38 this weekend
Prince William and Princess Diana playing together
“They have photos of Diana around the house, very deliberately so, and he speaks about her to the children.
“He and Kate share stories with them about how Diana helped people and they tell the children how much they would have loved their grandmother.”
Prince William recently opened up on his loss and how becoming a father brought back the painful trauma of losing his mother when he was just a teenager.
Prince William with his brother Prince Harry and Princess Diana at Thorpe Park
Appearing on the BBC documentary Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health, the Duke of Cambridge shared his own experience with grieving and parenthood with Premier League football player Marvin Sordell.
Admitting raising children can be “overwhelming”, Prince William said: “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is.
“And I agree with you, I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life, and that is your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, your emotions come back in leaps and bounds.
Prince William have opened up on the impact Diana’s death has had on him
Prince William visiting East of England Ambulance Service staff on Tuesday
“Because it’s a very different phase of life and there’s no one there to help you.”
Prince William and Kate have been self-isolating at their Norfolk home with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis since late March.
The Cambridges have carried out several royal engagements via video link over the past three months and have kept in touch via conference calls or in writing with charities and patronages close to their hearts.
Earlier this week, however, Prince William resumed face-to-face meetings – while maintaining social distancing measures.
Prince William and Kate married in 2011
On Tuesday, the Duke visited East of England ambulance staff at King’s Lynn and thanked paramedics and volunteers for their continuous efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
This visit came weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pledged their support to Our Frontline, an initiative created by mental health organisations to provide round-the-clock support to key and front-line workers in the midst of the pandemic.
Prince William hasn’t been the only member of the Royal Family to carry out a royal engagement in person.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris
On Tuesday, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to thank NHS staff.
Much like during the visit of Prince William, the royals kept a safe two-metre distance from their hosts and didn’t shake hands.
On the same day, Princess Anne visited army barracks in Gloucester to highlight the important work military corps have been doing during the coronavirus crisis.