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Prince William gave Deborah kids “advice” on losing a parent

Prince William gave Deborah kids “advice” on losing a parent

Prince William gave Deborah kids “advice” on losing a parent

Prince William gave Deborah kids “advice” on losing a parent

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  • The Duke of Cambridge visited her family for tea in May.
  • He gave her two children “powerful advice” about coping with the loss of a parent.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Prince James’ mother, Carole, at her home.
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Prince William gave her two children “powerful advice” about losing a parent before Deborah James died this summer.

James’ husband, Sebastien Bowen, recently told The Times in the United Kingdom that the Duke of Cambridge “felt like a friend” when he visited the family for tea in May.

“There was the time I opened the door to Prince William, who had come to give Deborah a damehood,” Bowen recalled. “He felt like a friend but he was the future king. That was bizarre. He was so relaxed; he came and sat down in the garden and had champagne with the family.”

Prince William, who lost his mother Princess Diana when he was 15, also shared some insight with James’ two children, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12.

“He’s obviously been through similar grief with the loss of his mother, so he gave powerful advice to the children that will stay with them forever,” Bowen stated.

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Prince William, 40, kept things lighthearted as well, joking that James, 40, was “triple parked” with three different drinks.

“Deborah had a glass of champagne, a glass of wine and a glass of sherry in front of her,” Bowen said. “She hadn’t been allowed a drink for months and the first thing William said was, ‘I’m glad to see you are triple parked.’ That was an immediate ice-breaker.”

James posted photos of Prince William’s visit to her Instagram account, including one of her damehood.

“It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale — but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease,” she wrote.

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Prince William also paid a visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital in London to meet with nurses and staff who assisted with James’ care. In 2007, William was elected president of the hospital, following in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, who also supported the facility and paid frequent visits.

“I loved meeting her, she was fantastic — her legacy is massive,” William told Lorraine Kimber, a patient who is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

“She was incredible, incredible. She was surrounded by her family, we had a lovely afternoon,” he stated.

Prince William and Kate Middleton released a rare personal statement.

“We are so sad to hear the heartbreaking news about Dame Deborah,” William and Kate posted on Twitter.”

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“Signing off with their initials, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge added, “Our thoughts are with her children, her family and her loved ones. Deborah was an inspirational and unfalteringly brave woman whose legacy will live on. W & C.”

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