hellomagazine.comWe take a look at the touching moments when royals have opened up about their grief - including Kate Middleton, Prince William and the Queen...
Losing someone close to you is tough and grief is something that all of us must experience at some point in our lives.
Speaking out about personal experiences of loss can help others who are going through the same whirlwind of emotions.
Here are a few times the royal family have done just that, in the hope of supporting and comforting others. From the Queen and Prince Harry to the Duchess of Cambridge – these are the ways that royal family members cope with the loss of a dear one.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's touching Mother's Day tribute to Princess Diana
In May 2019, the Duchess of Sussex marked her first Mother's Day as a mum by sharing an unseen picture of her newborn baby son Archie. The photograph of Meghan holding her baby boy was posted on the Sussex Royal official Instagram account. Many were quick to notice Meghan's touching nod to Prince Harry's late mother with the candid picture including a backdrop of Forget Me Nots – Princess Diana's favourite flower.
The caption next to the photo read: "Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex."
Prince Wiliam shares the Queen's national grief
Following news of the New Zealand earthquake in 2011, Prince William visited Christcurch, where he made an emotional speech at the memorial service held for victims. The Prince said: "My grandmother once said that grief is the price we pay for love. Here today we love and we grieve. We honour the lives and memories of all those who died in the earthquake. Put simply, you are an inspiration to all people."
Prince Harry was just 12 years old when his mother Princess Diana died, and he grieved for her alongside his older brother Prince William. The brothers spoke candidly about how they dealt with grief as teenagers, in a 2017 broadcast conversation 20 years after Diana's passing.
Harry said: "This is the first time that the two of us have ever spoken about her as a mother. She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that's for sure."
In another interview with mental health journalist Bryony Gordon in 2017, Harry revealed that he received counselling to help cope with the grief, explaining: "I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well."
He continued: "I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle," before concluding: "The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realise that actually you're part of quite a big club."
Prince William and Kate pay respect to friend Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh
In November 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a poignant visit to the home of Leicester City, where they paid their respects to the five people who died in a helicopter crash the month before.
The football club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh was amongst the victims who were sadly killed outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium.
In the aftermath of the crash, William paid tribute to the "big contribution to football" made by the owner of Leicester City.
"My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club," he said. "I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years. He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes. He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City's magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world."
Prince William, who is the president of the FA, then concluded: "He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him."
The Duchess of Cambridge comforts grieving mother
After speaking with a grieving mother, back in 2014 the Duchess of Cambridge left the engagement looking quite emotional. Kate comforted Leigh Smith, who tragically lost her three-year-old daughter.
Leigh opened up about the conversation, saying: "Kate sought me out and gave me a hug just before she left. I was getting quite teary-eyed, she had tears in her eyes and she just said to me, 'You’re a very brave lady and again, I'm just so, so sorry'."
The Queen on her mother Elizabeth
When the Queen Mother died aged 101 on 30 March 2002, her daughter the Queen immediately requested for a statement to be released, which read: "The Queen, with the greatest sadness, has asked for the following announcement to be made immediately. Her beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth, died peacefully in her sleep this afternoon, at Royal Lodge, Windsor."
She later broadcast a touching and personal speech, saying: "I have drawn great comfort from so many individual acts of kindness and respect. Over the years I have met many people who have had to cope with family loss, sometimes in the most tragic of circumstances, so I count myself fortunate enough that my mother was blessed with a long and happy life."
She continued: "She had an infectious zest for living and this remained with her until the very end."
The Queen ended it by saying: "I thank you also from my heart for the warmth you gave her during her life and the honour you now give her in death."
The whole world mourned Princess Diana after she died in a tragic car accident in Paris in 1997. But the two people who were at the forefront of everyone's mind during that time were her two young sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Now a staunch advocate for men's mental health, William spoke out about how he dealt with the grief over his mother, and why people should be encouraged to talk about the death of a loved one.
In 2017, 20 years after Diana's death, he said: "I know how you feel, I still miss my mother every day and it’s 20 years after she died. The important thing is to talk about it as a family, it’s OK to feel sad, it’s OK for you to miss her."
His touching advice came while speaking to 14-year-old Ben Hines, whose mother had sadly died the previous year.
Duchess of Cornwall on her brother Mark Shand
Camilla's brother Mark Shand died in New York after a tragic fall in 2014.
The Duchess later emotionally opened up to The Times about the moment she heard the awful phone call about the news, saying: "An anguished voice on the other end told me that something terrible had happened to my brother; my indestructible brother, Mark. Surely nothing could have happened to him?"
She continued: "He was in New York raising money for his beloved elephants, but an unfamiliar pavement had claimed his all-too-short life following a hugely successful auction for The Elephant Family, a charity he co-founded in 2002."
Camilla concluded: "My charismatic and sometimes infuriating brother, who had survived tsunamis, shipwrecks, poisoned arrows and even the fearsome Komodo dragons, was no longer with us."
The Queen on Princess Diana
Following the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997, the Queen talked about the "unbearably sad" news in her Christmas speech later that year.
She said: "We all felt the shock and sorrow of Diana's death. Thousands upon thousands of you expressed your grief most poignantly in the wonderful flowers and messages left in tribute to her. That was a great comfort to all those close to her, while people all around the world joined us here in Britain for that service in Westminster Abbey."
Prince Charles protects sons Harry and William
In a BBC documentary in 2017, Prince William revealed that his father Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen helped protect him after the death of Princess Diana.
He explained: "At the time, you know, my grandmother wanted to protect her two grandsons, and my father as well. Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers, and things like that, so there was nothing in the house at all. So we didn’t know what was going on."
Harry also added: "One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don’t know. But he was there for us. He was the one out of two left. And he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after. But he was going through the same grieving process as well."