Prince Harry took his efforts to break down stigmas surrounding mental health to new heights today.
The Duke of Sussex scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the Invictus Games flag accompanied by several injured veterans and one serviceman’s widow.
Gwen Cherne, who lost her husband, Australian special forces officer Peter J. Cafe, to suicide in February 2017, revealed to People that Harry comforted her during the climb and listened to her difficult story of love and loss.
Cherne said the pair spoke for about ten minutes while descending the 440-foot bridge and “it was comfortable and thoughtful.”
When they discussed grief, Cherne said, “He understood what I meant. When you understand loss, I think it’s obvious. He did ask me if I was getting the support I need from the Defense and ex-servicemen and veteran community.”
She went on to explain that Harry asked about her children and how the family was coping, adding, “The fact that he and Meghan are shining their light on the Invictus Games, highlighting for so many people the service and sacrifices of the serving members and their families—and highlighting the families—gives people hope.”
Prince Harry served in the army for ten years and has been committed to veteran support programs, like the Invictus Games and Walking with the Wounded, since leaving the forces.
He truly is a Prince of the People.