understands what it's like to lose a celebrity
parent, as well as the unique anguish of watching the public mourn for someone they believe they know.
The actress recently opened up to Dax Shepard
about her father
, beloved English actor Richard Beckinsale, who died of a heart attack
at the age of 31 when she was only 5 years old.
Beckinsale stated that her father's unusually young and public death
helped her relate to Princes William and Harry following the death of their mother, Princess Diana
, in a car crash
in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, after being pursued by paparazzi
. Prince William
was only 15 at the time
, and Harry was only 12.
“I remember when their mother died, I was in New York
,” Beckinsale said on Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast
with co-host Monica Padman, which was released
on Monday. “And seeing them in the context of other people
sort of grieving for somebody they didn’t know, and I thought, 'Oh my God, I really know what that feels like.'"
“It was on a much larger scale, but people were standing in the street reading the paper and sobbing,” she explained. “I remember driving
around with people seeing [the same thing] when my dad died, and that was quite strange.”
It was "quite strange," she added, to watch strangers grieve for the death of a family
“People would talk about how terrible they felt about losing him, but then say, 'Oh, but you probably don't remember anything, do you? Because you were a child
,'” she explained, adding that “that would really upset me as a child.”
“But then the person with whom you're sharing it says, 'You have less right to this than I do,' which is really strange,” the "Underworld" star explained.
“I found that as I’ve gotten older, I’m less offended by it. There’s something incredibly special and comforting about how much other people loved him, that, sort of the longer it goes on, lovely,” she said. “It was hard at the very, very beginning because it did feel like you were having this very personal, horrible crisis — and so was everyone else, but you didn’t know them.”
Similar remarks have been made by Prince Harry
, who revealed earlier this year in his Apple TV
+ series "The Me You Can't See" that it was difficult to share "the grief
of my mother's death with the world."
“I was like, ‘This is my mother, you've never met her,'” he continued.
Camera flashes, according to Harry, can still trigger memories and transport him back to the death of his mother.
“I think being a part of this family, in this role and in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back,” the Duke of Sussex said in 2019, while speaking to journalist
Tom Bradby for the ITV documentary
, “Harry And Meghan: An African Journey.”
“In that sense, it’s the worst rather than the best reminder of her life,” he continued.