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The British royal attended the 21st anniversary dinner of the charity, Child Bereavement UK, Thursday where he gave a speech that honored his late mom. She attended the charity's launch party many years ago, and now it's his turn.
"Twenty-one years ago last month, my mother attended the launch of the Child Bereavement Charity," he told the crowd. "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."
The charity, which is run by Julia Samuel, a close friend of Princess Diana's and Prince George's godmother, helps children of military families, suicide victims and terminally ill parents cope with the death or inevitable death of a parent. "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," Kate Middleton's husband said, referencing the pain he felt when his mother died in 1997.