Prince William has been a dad for nearly a year now, and said his son Prince George has been the “silver lining” in his life after losing his mom when he was only 15 years old.
William’s mom, Princess Diana, died in a car crash nearly 17 years ago. The prince, who is now 32, spoke with a group of young leaders at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, which included two men who lost both their parents in the 2004 tsunami.
Rob and Paul Forkan took their grief and launched an organization that builds orphanages — all funded by their flip-flop company Gandys. According to People, Rob Forkan said William explained how his grief had turned into his passion for life.
“He said he lost his mum at 15 but there was always a silver lining and you should dust yourself off and carry on,” Forkan explained of William’s speech. “He applauded what we had done and said keep up the good work. He’s got his own family now — that was his silver lining.”
William wanted to share his positive outlook on life with the young leaders, and explain to them how they can also make a difference.
“All I would say is believe in yourself — you’ve got a lot more to say than you think,” he said. “There are plenty people out there who have an open mind and will listen and care. They will listen to you and they want to help and those are the kind of guys and girls you need to target — so always believe in yourselves, don’t give up.”
Prince George will celebrate his first birthday on July 22. With William’s sentiments on family, it’s very possible he and wife Kate are looking to expand their clan very soon.