Mary Berry finds ‘comfort’ in her belief she will be reunited with the child she lost

Mary Berry has candidly spoken about her son William's death in a car crash at the age of 19.

William, who died in 1989, was on a weekend home from university in Bristol when the tragic accident occurred. He borrowed his father's car and went too fast round a corner, being killed while his sister Annabel escaped.

Mary, 88, who is also mother to son Thomas, has shared with MailOnline that she's been comforted by her faith and the belief they will be reunited in the afterlife.

She told the publication: “Yes, definitely. It’s important to me. “Oh, yes! I think so. Absolutely. I hope so. There is a comfort in that.”

While its been 34 years since his death, William is remembered every day and is an ever-present part of Mary and husband Paul's family life.

She said: “Every occasion we can we drink to Will. And you wonder what would have been. I still think of him as 19. He would be 53 now. Who would he be?”

Mary's been on our television screens and bookshelves for years, with an illustrious career which recently saw her as a judge on Great British Bake Off alongside Paul Hollywood.

Nowadays, although Mary is nearly 89, she is still working, with a new book and television series called Mary Makes It Easy coming out.

It comes after Mary acted as a pudding judge for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

She said at the time: "I’m looking forward to the celebrations for the Queen’s 70th anniversary and of course judging the Platinum Pudding competition. How exciting!"

Mary's always had royal fans too as Prince William and Kate are self-confessed fans of The Great British Bake Off, with William even reassuring children at a South London youth club that the show "will be just as good" when it made the jump from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2016.

Kate has also confirmed her fondness for the show and admitted that she was "a big fan" of Dame Mary Berry when the pair met for the first time almost a decade ago.

The Princess made the brilliant revelation during an appearance on the BBC One show A Berry Royal Christmas, alongside Prince William, Mary Berry and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.

At one of Mary's recent meetings with the couple, The Princess revealed that: "One of Louis' first words was Mary, because right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf.

"And children are really fascinated by faces, and your faces are all over your cooking books and he would say 'That's Mary Berry' so he would definitely recognise you if he saw you today.”

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