Prince Harry Pens Emotional Note (and Talks About His Mom's Passing) in Personally Signed Letter

A beautiful note from the royal

Prince Harry.
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It’s not often that we get personally written letters from Prince Harry, 39 (although, we did get a whole memoir written by him just this past January). Still, the Duke of Sussex used his and Meghan Markle’s shared Archewell site to post an important message and celebrate a brand new role.

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The duke used his update to shine a light on Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which aims to bring support to bereaved military children. Recently, Prince Harry was named the first-ever Global Ambassador for the organization, and according to Archewell, this new role will involve “[supporting] Scotty’s Little Soldiers by giving a voice to bereaved military children, reaching more families in need, and discovering potential opportunities for collaboration and growth in military and veteran communities across the world.”

But in addition to announcing this new role, the Duke of Sussex wrote a letter, sending out his love to military children in honor of Remembrance Day (November 11), a British holiday dedicated to armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.

“During what may be a particularly difficult time for you and your family, know that I am thinking of you and hoping for your Remembrance weekend to be filled with comfort, support, and shared understanding with your fellow Scotty's members,” the royal wrote.

The Duke of Sussex even referenced the loss of his own mother, Princess Diana. “This is an incredibly important and emotional time of year, when so many come together to pay their respects to your military parents and our military family, for their service and for their sacrifice,” the duke continued.“Growing up, having lost a parent, is immensely difficult. But being part of such a strong and resilient community like Scotty's can really help. Spending time with people who understand what you may be feeling and who can rally around you in moments of need is something to cherish. Scotty's will be there for you year-round, and encourage you to take full advantage of all this community has to offer.”

He closed with a thoughtful message, writing, “Grief is nothing to be ashamed of; it's normal to feel sadness from loss. But don't forget that you also deserve to feel happiness - your parent would want that, trust me. On this Remembrance Sunday, I hope you carry a sense of pride for your mum or dad, as they do for you, with the understanding that they will never be forgotten. It's an honour for me to be a part of this community alongside you.”

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Prince Harry also gave a nod to his homeland when he wore a red poppy while meeting with veterans and active-duty members at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. (It is traditional for members of the British royal family to wear red poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.)

We always appreciate your thoughtful words, Harry.

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