prince-george-with-parents

Princess Diana's friend makes rare comment about what it's like to be Prince George's godmother

Julia Samuel was a good friend of the late royal

Princess Diana's close friend Julia Samuel has opened up about her relationship with her royal godson, Prince George, saying that it's a "lovely way" of honouring the late People's Princess.

Speaking to The Observer, Julia, a grief counsellor and founder of the charity Child Bereavement UK, of which Prince William is also a patron, said: "Well, I feel lucky I was such a good friend of Princess Diana. And I really love my godson, George. And it's a lovely way of loving her."

READ: Kate Middleton has banned this word for George, Charlotte and Louis

When asked about how much influence she had on Prince William and Prince Harry to champion mental health in the public sphere, Julia continued: "I think both the Princes have really turned the dial on talking about grief so honestly and also about mental health. But that was all theirs – completely off their own bats."

Loading the player...

WATCH: Prince William reveals he limits George's screentime

She also opened up about her own grief after losing her friend 25 years ago, saying: "I felt angry. I was angry that she died, and shocked and I couldn't really understand it all. I mean, I understand it better now. I understand that people felt they really knew and loved her. But I still feel sad today."

READ: Mike Tindall reveals daughter Mia shares this talent with cousin Prince George

READ: William and Kate have this sweet tradition with their children before royal outings

Julia is one of seven godparents to Prince George and was a good friend of Diana's. The pair struck up a friendship after meeting at a dinner in 1987; they enjoyed plenty of laughs together, hit the social scene often and Julia lived close to Kensington Palace.

Diana would sometimes even pick up Julia's children from school. Julia also asked Diana to be a godmother to her son Benjamin.

princess-diana-and-julia-samuel

Princess Diana was godmother to Julia's son Benjamin

Speaking on the How to Fail with Elizabeth Day podcast in 2020, Julia also said of her godson George: "He is amazing. He's funny and feisty and cheeky and God she (Diana) would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them."

Julia added of the family tradition: "So I do to George what (Diana) did to us, which is give impossible toys which are really noisy, take a lot of making… that William then has to spend days putting together. And then put all the machinery together and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that. That makes me laugh and it makes George laugh."

Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity and royal news delivered directly to your inbox.

You're on HELLO!'s global site. Click to return to HELLO! India Go back