In a speech in Manchester, England, on Tuesday, Prince William spoke about living with grief.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the city to open and attend a memorial, called Glade of Light, in honor of the victims of the 2017 terror attack at Manchester Arena.
Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, and more than 50 people were seriously injured. An estimated 800 other victims suffered physical and psychological injuries.
William spoke of his visit to the city immediately after the attack, saying he remembered “all too well the shock and grief on the faces of those I met”.
“Five years later, I know the pain and trauma felt by many has not gone away,” the Duke said.
“As someone who lives with their own grief, I also know that often what matters most to those who are grieving is that those we have lost are not forgotten,” he continued, in an apparent reference to his mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997, when William was 15. “There is comfort in remembering. Recognizing that, although taken horribly early, they survived. They changed our lives. They were loved and they are loved.
“That’s why memorials like the Glade of Light are so important,” William said. “Why Catherine and I wanted so much to be with you today.”
The Duke has previously mentioned his own grief in public remarks, alluding to his mother’s death in a powerful speech against extremism after a terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.
William and his brother Prince Harry unveiled a memorial to their late mother last year, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The statue, created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, occupies a permanent space in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden.
“Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, her strength and her character – qualities that made her a force for good in around the world, changing countless lives for the better,” the brothers said in a statement. weather.
“Every day we wish she was always with us,” they continued. “Our hope is that this statue will forever be seen as a symbol of his life and legacy.”