Crown Princess Mary has opened up old wounds about her mother's death in a bid to try and help others who might be struggling to heal after experiencing loss.
Mary’s mother Henrietta ‘Etta’ Donaldson died from a heart condition two years before she met her future-husband Crown Princ,e Frederik and later embarked on her enchanted life as royal in Denmark.
The death came when the 44-year-old was just 26 and while talking about her loss this week during a visit to the organisation Children, Youth and Mourning – an organisation which offers free counselling to children who have lost parents, siblings or close family members – Mary tried to offer hope, saying the experience of her mum's passing made her a stronger person.
According to Hello Magazine, Mary’s reflective remarks about her mum came while speaking with 15-year-old Mads Knudsen Topp, who lost her father three years ago.
"I was 26. It happened too early," Mary said of her mother’s passing. "It's so hard to see when it is so close and so personal, but as you get older, you learn to appreciate the time you had together as a gift. And the loss offers something that you wouldn't have otherwise. It makes a strong person."
An organisation such as this, which reaches out to help grieving families, would hit home with the mother-of-four as Mary has in the past talked about how she felt alone in her anguish when her mum died.
“I felt alone in my pain,” the royal told a Danish TV and radio station in 2015.
“As if nobody understood what I was going through and I had come to a standstill while the whole world around me kept moving forwards.
“I would have liked to have spent more time with her,” she said.
Gallery: Princess Mary with her children...
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