Though it's been 18 years since Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, tragically passed away, the royal still experiences the pain of her loss every day.
During an emotional speech at the 21st anniversary dinner for the charity Child Bereavement UK on Thursday, Oct. 15, the William, 33, gave an emotional tribute to Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash at age 36.
William at the Child Bereavement UK dinner on Oct. 15. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"Twenty-one years ago last month, my mother attended the launch of the Child Bereavement Charity. Fifteen years later, I was honored to be invited to become Patron of Child Bereavement UK to continue my mother's commitment to a charity, which is very dear to me," he began.
"What my mother recognized back then — and what I understand now — is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure," William said.
Diana with William in October 1983. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"But my mother was determined to help those in need and she would have been immensely proud — as I am — of all that Child Bereavement UK has achieved these last 21 years," the father to Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 5 months, with wife Kate Middleton, also 33, continued.
"As a father to two young children myself, I now appreciate it all the more," William concluded.