Everything you need to know about Prince Georges psychotherapist godmother Julia Samuel

When Prince George was born, Kate Middleton and Prince William selected a very special godmother for him.

Julia Samuel is a close family friend with a very special connection to the young Prince's late grandmother, Princess Diana.

The 62 year old befriended Princess Diana in 1987 and the pair shared a close bond until her untimely death in 1997.

When George was born in 2014, the special responsibility was given to Julia as a poignant nod to William's mother, Diana.

The psychotherapist has said that being a godparent to the eight-year-old is a 'lovely way of loving' Princess of Wales. Let's take a look.

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Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist specialising in grief, who has spent her career working with bereaved families.

She met Princess Diana at a dinner party where they were seated next to each other and, according to Julia, "saw something in each other".

The psychotherapist has remained close to the Royals and it's believed that Meghan Markle also sought her support when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts while pregnant with Archie.

Julia was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2016 for services to bereaved parents of babies.

Julia has opened up about her special bond with her godson George in a new interview with the Observer Magazine.

She told the publication: "Well, I feel lucky I was such a good friend of Princess Diana….and [loving George] it's a lovely way of loving her."

She also opened up about her admiration for both Prince William, 39, and Prince Harry, 38, for opening up about their mental health struggles.

She said: "I think both the princes have really turned the dial on talking about grief so honestly and also about mental health. But that was all theirs – completely off their own bats."

As a long-time friend of Diana she is also godmother to Prince William.

Julia has previously said how she spends time with George playing in a way inspired by the late Princess.

In an interview with Elizabeth Day, she previously said: “I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making.

"Watching William struggle to assemble the toys “makes me laugh, and it makes George laugh”, she added.

She also talked about how "amazing" George is before adding: "He's funny and feisty and cheeky and God she [Diana] would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them."

“William then has to spend days putting together. And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.”

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