Prince Harry Shares Personal Story in Emotional Message to Military Children: ‘You Are Not Alone’

Prince Harry has been quite open about his late mother, Princess Diana, and what it was like losing her at such a young age. And now, he is sharing more about his experience in a personal letter to children who have lost a parent in the military.

The Duke of Sussex wrote a letter to Scotty’s Little Soldiers in honor of Remembrance Day. Per the official website, the charity is dedicated to grieving children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces. In the letter (posted on the organization’s official website), Harry shared his own personal story about losing a parent—and how he had to say goodbye to his mother at just twelve years old.

“We share a bond even without ever meeting one another because we share in having lost a parent. I know first-hand the pain and grief that comes with loss and want you to know that you are not alone.”

Princess Diana holding her son, Prince Harry.

Harry shared a few encouraging words with the children, adding, “While difficult feelings will come up today as we pay tribute to heroes like your mum or dad, I hope you can find comfort and strength in knowing that their love for you lives and shines on. Whenever you need a reminder of this, I encourage you to lean into your friends at Scotty's Little Soldiers.”

The duke also touched on ways he’s learned to cope with grief and loss. He wrote, “One of the ways I've learned to cope has been through community and talking about my grief, and I couldn't be more grateful and relieved that you have amazing people walking beside you throughout your journey. We all know some days are harder than others, but together those days are made easier.”

He ended the letter with a word of wisdom, which read: “Today and every day, I admire and respect all the men and women who have given their lives in service of us—especially those in your family. I am also incredibly proud of you for being the best example in remembering them.”

Beautiful words from the prince.

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