Kate Beckinsale says she relates to Prince William and Harry’s childhood grief


‘It puts everything into focus’: Kate Beckinsale says she relates to Prince William and Harry’s childhood grief after losing her own father

Kate Beckinsale says she can relate to Prince William and Prince Harry, because she lost her father at a young age.

The 47-year-old actress was just five when her father Richard, who was known for his role as Lennie Godber in Porridge, died of a heart attack in his sleep aged 31 in 1979. 

And she remembers feeling empathy for William and Harry, who were 15 and 12 respectively, when their mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997.

‘It puts everything into focus’: Kate Beckinsale said she relates to Prince William and Harry’s childhood grief after losing her own father

Speaking on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Kate said: ‘I remember when their mother died, I was in New York, and seeing them in the context of other people sort of grieving for somebody they didn’t know… I thought, “Oh my God, I really know what that feels like”

‘A cataclysmic event like that puts everything into a real sharp focus.

‘It was hard at the very, very beginning because it did feel like you were having this very personal, horrible crisis — and so was everybody else, but you didn’t know them.

Tragic: William and Harry were 15 and 12 respectively, when their mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997 (pictured earlier this month)

Tragic: William and Harry were 15 and 12 respectively, when their mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997 (pictured earlier this month) 

She continued: ‘People would talk about how terrible they felt that they had lost him, but then say, “Oh, but you probably don’t remember anything, do you, because you were a child.” That would really upset me as a child. I found that really difficult.

‘But then the person you’re sharing it with is saying, “You have less right to this than I do,” which is really odd. 

‘I found that, as I’m older, I’m less offended by it. There is something incredibly special and comforting about how much other people loved him, that, sort of the longer it goes on, [it’s] lovely.’

Tragic loss: Kate was just five when her father Richard, who was known for his role as Lennie Godber in Porridge, died of a heart attack in his sleep aged 31 in 1979

Tragic loss: Kate was just five when her father Richard, who was known for his role as Lennie Godber in Porridge, died of a heart attack in his sleep aged 31 in 1979 

Kate said: 'I remember when their mother died seeing them in the context of other people sort of grieving for somebody they didn't know' (Princess Diana pictured in 1995)

Kate said: ‘I remember when their mother died seeing them in the context of other people sort of grieving for somebody they didn’t know’ (Princess Diana pictured in 1995) 

Meanwhile, Kate’s close friend Sarah Silverman, previously revealed that she urged Kate to date Prince Harry, 36, before he met his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, 39.

Sarah quipped to Us Weekly magazine: ‘I remember when Prince Harry was single, like, I would live vicariously through [Kate] and be like, “Oh, my God, date Prince Harry!”… because, like, she could! 

‘Now she couldn’t, but, like you know, she’s so beautiful and beyond that, just a really big brain.’ 

Matchmaker: Kate's close friend Sarah Silverman, previously revealed that she urged Kate to date Prince Harry, 36, before he met his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, 39

Matchmaker: Kate’s close friend Sarah Silverman, previously revealed that she urged Kate to date Prince Harry, 36, before he met his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, 39

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