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Prince William and Kate say goodbye to America

July 11
Published on 11 Jul. 2011 11:20 PM IST
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After a whirlwind three-day Southern California tour that took them from the manicured polo grounds of Santa Barbara to the streets of L.A.’s Skid Row, Prince William and Catherine ended their North American trip. Shaking hands and saying goodbye to officials on the tarmac, the royal newlyweds, both 29, who also traveled to Canada, boarded a British Airways flight at Los Angeles International Airport and flew away Sunday afternoon. The United States leg of their tour, highlighted by a glamorous Hollywood gala, ended with them appearing at the Sony Studios lot in Culver City for an event for Service Nation: Mission Serve, which helps veterans get jobs. “As this is my last opportunity before we leave this afternoon,” William told the crowd, “I would just say, on behalf of us both, how grateful we are to have been welcomed so warmly in the Golden State and the City of Angels.”

William opens heart about Diana agony to 3 bereaved sisters

Close: Diana, Princess of Wales and her son William at Wimbledon in 1991.
Prince William opened his heart to three sisters about how he misses his mother, days after what would have been Princess Diana’s 50th birthday. William rarely speaks about his mother’s death in a Paris car crash in 1997 when he was 15. But he told Meryl, Margot and Meghan Cooper – who lost their mother to breast cancer in 2002 – that he misses his own mother every day and that he could empathise with their loss. His candid comments came as he and Kate conducted an impromptu walkabout at a garden the sisters have opened in memory of their mother Loraine Minish-Cooper in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories in Canada, last week. Meghan, 25, said: ‘William was really sympathetic about how we lost our mother. He said he could understand. ‘He said, “I know what it’s like to lose your mother at such a young age.” ‘He told me to make sure I took good care of my other sisters. He really understood. It was remarkable how warm they were. They really opened up in the garden – they are very genuine people.’ Meryl, 27, added: ‘William said that he had been there and he knew how hard it is to lose your mother. He said, “As you know I lost my mother, so I can imagine your pain.” ’ Margot, 23, said: ‘I told him that our mother was a big fan of Diana. It was sad to see him speak about losing his mother.’

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