As the Duchess of Cambridge's due date gets closer, Wills is feeling his mum's absence more than ever

Prince William‘s mum, Princess Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997, would have been 52 on 1 July.

She was devoted to Wills and Harry and would have been a fantastic grandmother.

William has been thinking a lot about his mother lately – and Kate‘s very aware of it,’ reveals a close friend of the couple.

‘Becoming a parent himself for the first time has definitely brought several memories flooding back.’

On Sunday 30 June, William and Kate Middleton are planning a baby shower for a few friends and some of the young Royals, including Harry, cousins Beatrice and Eugenie and Kate’s younger sister Pippa and brother James Middleton.

Pals say that Kate, 31, and Wills, 30, plan to light a candle for Diana in the Chapel Royal at nearby St James’s Palace.

‘They intend to keep it burning until the baby’s born – they’ll then use the flame to light another candle for the little one,’ reveals our source.

Friends and family will then adjourn to the walled garden at Kensington Palace, which was one of Diana‘s favourite places.

‘It’ll be very informal,’ says our insider.

‘It’s just a chance for Kate and Wills to spend time with a few people dear to them before the baby’s born.

‘There’ll be tea and sandwiches, maybe some beer or wine – nothing fancy.’

Read the full story about Kate Middleton and Prince William in this week’s Now magazine dated 10 June 2013 – out now!

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