Prince Harry remembers mum Diana in heartfelt advice to young boy who lost his mother
Prince Harry drew on personal experience to offer some heartfelt life advice to a young boy whose mother had died during the last day of his royal tour with wife Meghan Markle.
During the final leg of the Harry and Meghan’s first major overseas tour, the pair took a walkabout through Auckland, New Zealand, to greet members of the public.
Among the crowds who turned out to see the royal couple was six-year-old Otia Nante who handed the Prince a hand-written note describing how his mum had died when he was just one year old.
Prince Harry – who lost his mother, Princess Diana, when he was 12 – looked visibly touched after reading the letter.
As he stopped to chat with Otia and his grandmother, he reassured the youngster with some words of advice.
He said: “Life will always be alright, you know that, yeah?
”I made it to 34 years old and life is great. I’ve got a beautiful wife and a baby on the way.
“Your life is gonna be sorted, don’t you worry about that.”
Speaking to Australia’s Daily Telegraph after the encounter, Otia’s grandmother said the Duke of Sussex had praised the “great job” she was doing in bringing up the youngster.
Prince William was 15 and Harry was just 12 when Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash in Paris.
The pair were very much in the public eye following the tragedy in 1997 and Harry has previously told of how he bottled up his grief for nearly two decades after her death.
Last year Harry revealed he was still struggling to come to terms with the loss in his late twenties.
The Prince, now 34, said he had “shut down all his emotions” after the horrific crash and sought counselling after suffering from aggression to the point where he felt “on the verge of punching someone”.
He said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, after the car she and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were travelling in crashed in Paris.
Her funeral, on September 6, was watched by 32.1 million people in Britain alone, and millions more worldwide.
Harry has since described how being part of the public procession had impacted him.
In an interview last year with Newsweek, he said: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.
“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK