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Neyland: Words of comfort from Prince for grieving mum

PRINCE WILLIAM has extended kind words to a mum from Neyland, who tragically lost her 1-year-old son, George, and her husband, Paul, within days of each other.

Rhian Burke, 39, is a London Marathon runner and the centre of a BBC1 documentary called ‘Mind Over Marathon’, which is being televised tonight (Apr 20). The documentary follows 10 runners in total who are all living with different mental health issues, as they train for the 26.2-mile run in aid of William, Kate and Harry’s Heads Together mental health campaign.

The Duke of Cambridge told Ms Burke that she would provide the ‘blanket of stability and understanding’ that her son and daughter need.

Prince William has recently spoke out the death of his mother, which occurred when he was just 15-years-old, and his brother Harry was 12-years-old. He said that he still has shock within him, even though it’s 20 years later.

He has also said that it is important that people ‘speak out’ about their mental health issues.

Ms Burke sadly lost her little boy George who had contracted pneumonia in 2012. Five days later, her husband Paul took his own life. She has been suffering with Post Traumatic Street Disorder and anxiety since.

William and Kate joined the group during a training session for the documentary. She asked if her children would be okay even though they had suffered a huge loss, to which Prince William said, because she is already aware of the problems she is already ‘a step ahead’.

The first part of the documentary ‘Mind Over Marathon’ will be aired tonight (Apr 20), at 9pm, with the second part being televised on April 27 at 9pm.

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