Words of comfort are most helpful when they are authentic. Prince William was 15 when Diana died in a tragic car accident. Now the heir to the British throne has comforted young Deacon Glover, who lost his mother last year. William spoke to Deacon at Church on the Street in Burnley, Lancashire, which he attended with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The community center serves as a haven for people struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction and other issues. It was founded by Pastor Fleming, a former drug dealer.
Prince Willilam asked the boy: “Do you feel like you can talk about your mother?” Then he nodded. In a loving conversation with the only child, William added: “It’s difficult but it will get easier, I promise you.”
The two also chatted about football as Deacon proudly wore a Burnley shirt. William asked him about Burnley’s footballing prospects and said Prince Charles came out as a supporter of the club after directing some of his charities to the city. Deacon added: “I only found out my dad was a Burnley fan a few years ago.”