Prince William reveals the one thing that brings back precious memories of his mother Princess Diana

The Duke opens up on his childhood

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The Duke of Cambridge has recalled a special memory of his mother playing Tina Turner during school drop offs before her death.

Prince William has revealed Tina Turner’s upbeat hit The Best holds a special place in his heart as it takes him back to his childhood with Princess Diana. 

The Duke of Cambridge opened up during a podcast recording for Apple’s Time To Walk series, in which he wandered around the Queen’s Sandringham Estate as part of an initiative to get people active to benefit their mental health.

In another epic Princess Diana parenting moment, the future King recalled his mother singing it “at the top of her voice” and explained how music has a powerful way of reconnecting a person to poignant memories.

Although their family life was far from normal, for Prince William that moment felt as close to it as possible.

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"Because sitting in the backseat singing away, it felt like a real family moment. My mother, she'd be driving along singing at the top of her voice and we'd even get the policeman in the car, he'd be occasionally singing along as well,” he revealed.

"You'd be singing and listening to music right the way up to the gates of school when they dropped you off and that's when reality kind of sunk in - you really were going back to school.

"Because before that you're lost in songs - want to play it again, just to keep that family moment going. And when I listen to it now it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother.”

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Having lost his mother at the tender age of 13, Prince William has had his fair share of mental health battles and has since become an advocate for the cause. 

The Duke previously took part in a documentary, Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health, in which he encouraged men to speak more openly about their mental health and opened up about his own struggles.

Revealing the impact family life has had on his own mental health, Prince William said in the documentary, “I can relate to what you’re saying. Having children is the biggest life-changing moment. It really is.

“I agree with you. I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life, like you say, your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, your emotions come back in leaps and bounds.

“Because it’s a very different phase of life and there’s no one there to kind of help you.”

“I’ve definitely found it at times, very overwhelming.”

Georgia Farquharson
Georgia Farquharson

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