Prince William has revealed how much he misses his mother, Princess Diana, during an emotional conversation with a young man who lost his own mum recently.

While visiting a hospice in the UK town of Luton, William sat down with 14-year-old Ben Hines and told him, "Time makes it easier", as he rested a hand on the boy's shoulder.

Acoording to the Daily Mail, after Ben delivered a tribute to his mother, William empathised by telling him, "I know how you feel. I still miss my mother every day - and it's 20 years after she died," he said of Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

A young William doing a puzzle with his mother, Diana. Photo / Getty
A young William doing a puzzle with his mother, Diana. Photo / Getty

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During William's encounter, said to envoke memories of Diana's ability to make emotional connections with strangers, the Duke asked Ben, his brothers Richard and Thomas, and their father, Gary, to promise him that they would keep talking to each other. He told them men are not "great sharers."

While William interacted with Ben and his family, who lost their mother to cancer last year, Kate was making her own connections with the bereaved.

Giving a hug to a six-year-old boy who lost his brother two years ago, she told him, "I love cuddles."

William and Kate's visit marks their return to royal duties after a family holiday in France.

William and Kate spent time with bereaved families during a visit to a hospice. Photo / Getty
William and Kate spent time with bereaved families during a visit to a hospice. Photo / Getty