Now, the royal has revealed exactly how much of an influence his late mum’s passion to help others was from an early age.
Speaking at the Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting earlier this week, Prince William paid a heartfelt tribute to his parents for helping shape him and brother Prince Harry’s focus on helping others.
“When I first became a father about four and half years ago, I began a process of thinking about the way I had been brought up, and the values that my parents had instilled in me,” Prince William said.
The soon-to-be dad of three explained there was one pivotal moment with late mum Princess Di that sticks out in his mind.
"I remember being taken by my mother to a homelessness shelter at a young age,” he explained.
“I remember being taken by my mother to a homelessness shelter at a young age, her explaining to me why the people I met there matter, why no society can be healthy unless we take other people seriously.” HRH pic.twitter.com/F1nOPyfZgg— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 23, 2018
“Her explaining to me why the people I met there matter, why no society can be healthy unless we take other people seriously.”
The prince's comments were tweeted by Kensington Palace, alongside a candid photo of the young royal laughing alongside his mum during a charity visit.
It’s a legacy his mum has left behind, with the prince explaining his responsibilities were drummed into him from an early age.
"Some of my earliest memories relate to times that my parents spoke to me or - even better - showed me what it meant to have both privilege and responsibilities.” - HRH— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 23, 2018
The prince also paid tribute to his father, Prince Charles as well.
“As a young child, I recall evening after evening my father's diligence and compassion as he applied himself to answering thousands of letters and reading endless reports in order to stay on top of his ambition to do all he could to help the underprivileged,” said the royal.
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