The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of his sadness that his mother, the late Princess Diana, will never see his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Diana, Princess of Wales, tragically passed away in Paris on 31 August 1997 after a horrific car crash.
And 20 years on, her son, Prince William is now father to his children, Prince George, three, and Charlotte, two, with wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
And while William may have taken the last 20 years to adjust to life without his mother, he admits he wishes she was here to offer him parenting advice and to see her grandchildren.
He told GQ: “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.”
Despite his sadness, William admits he feels better about the situation than he has done before, saying he’s “in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better”.
He added: “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.”
The royal went on to say that he feels the stability of family is incredibly important and thinks it is key to bringing up happy children.
He said: “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.
“I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. I will fight for them to have a normal life.”
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