Prince Harry and Zak Williams, united in grief (over the death of a famous parent)

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Prince Harry e Zak Williams, eldest son of Robin Williams, are linked by the same experience: not only have they faced the premature death of a parent, but above all they had to share their pain with the whole world. With people «who they didn’t even know »Mamma Diana, who died aged 36 in 1997 in a car accident in Paris in 1997, and dad Robin, who committed suicide at age 63 in 2014.

Harry and Zac talked about their very difficult experience of “public grief” on Apple TV, in a bonus episode of the mental health series. The Me You Can’t See. Zak admitted that at first it was “really hard” for him to separate his private grief “from sharing grief with the rest of the world. I was able to focus on my personal grief, and begin to process it, alone a year and a half after my father died».

The Duke of Sussex, who had only 12 years old when his mother died, he totally recognized himself in Zac’s words: “We had the same experience. When you see so many people, all over the world, that they grieve for someone’s death as if they know him better than you, it becomes everything absurd. You, the son, can’t even experience that pain. And you ask yourself: how is it possible, you all cry for the death of my parent e I’m not even able to cry?».

In a previous episode of the series created with Oprah Winfrey, the prince had said that i funeral of mum Diana they are branded in his memory: «What I remember most clearly is the sound of the horses’ hooves. It was as if I had come out of my body, as if I was walking along doing what was expected of me. I showed a tenth of the emotions that everyone showed: this was my mother, you never even met her».

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