The Duke of Cambridge made touch reference to his experiences of grief during a speech in Christchurch will meeting the victims of the mosque shootings.
As he spoke about the death of his mum - the late Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales - Prince William reflected on how he felt to be faced with such an ordeal at 15-years-old.
"I have had reasons myself to reflect on grief and sudden pain and loss in my own life," the father-of-three shared solemnly.
"And in my role, I have often seen up close the sorrow of others in moments of tragedy, as I have today.
"What I have realised is that of course grief can change your outlook. You don’t ever forget the shock, the sadness, and the pain.
"But I do not believe that grief changes who you are. Grief – if you let it – will reveal who you are.
Diana passed away when her vehicle - which was being pursued by paparazzi - crashed in the dangerous Parisian Pont de l'Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997.
"It can reveal depths that you did not know you had," the royal noted, offering insight into his own experiences.
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This article originally appeared on InStyle.