Prince William bonded with 11-year-old Deacon Glover while visiting a centre supporting vulnerable people in Burnley, Lancashire. In the company of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke sat down with the schoolboy and chatted with him about their shared love for football as well as grief.
During the meeting, for which he was in the company of his great-grandmother Carole Ellis, Deacon proudly wore a Burnley FC jersey.
Therefore, the Duke asked him about his team’s prospects.
Chatting on, William mentioned his own favourite team, Aston Villa, and revealed he is still hoping his children will one day join him in his well-known love for the Birmingham-based club.
Speaking about Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, William said: “I need to spread the love a bit.”
Prince George is known to be a football enthusiast.
Last summer, he joined his mother and father at Wembley Stadium to cheer for England during EURO2020.
Two years prior, in October 2019, George and his sister Charlotte were spotted on the stands at Carrow Road watching the Norwich City vs Aston Villa match.
The Cambridges’ firstborn appeared delighted to see his father’s team winning, and was spotted cheering at every goal scored by Villa.
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As they continued to chat about football, the Duke of Cambridge revealed to Deacon his father Prince Charles was a supporter of Burnley FC.
He said: “I only found out a few years ago that my dad is a Burnley fan.”
During their chat, which lasted approximately 15 minutes, William also bonded with Deacon over the loss of his mother.
The boy’s mum, Grace Taylor, died last year aged 28.
William, who was 15 when Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris, asked Deacon: “Do you feel you can talk about your mum?”
After the boy replied positively, the royal went on saying: “It’s difficult, but it gets easier, I promise you. It does get easier.”
In an exceptionally candid moment, the Duke also told Deacon: “I know how you feel.”
After the Cambridges’ visit to the charity, called Church on the Street, Pastor Mick Fleming spoke about the touching exchange between the prince and the boy.
He told People magazine: “They were amenable and down to earth and really engaged.
“They sat down with some of the guys who come in here and with myself.
“They used their own experience to talk to them.
“There was a young boy who has lost his mother and the prince talked to him about it and spoke about losing his own mother and passed on his experience.”
Pastor Fleming, who launched the centre in 2019 to help lift people out of poverty while also providing a place of worship, added: “He said, ‘Don’t stop talking about your mother,’ and gave him his own perspective.
“It was a very touching moment.”
While visiting the organisation based in a former gym, Kate and William also learned more about the services offered and met some of the people volunteering there.
The centre is available to up to 200 people at a time and is provided with a qualified counsellor and addiction and mental health support.