Prince Harry may be an heir to the British Throne, but he’s also a young man still coping with the loss of his mother. During a recent trip to Brazil, Harry met with some young orphaned children which brought back the memory of Princess Diana’s passing, bringing the 29-year-old to tears.
Harry visited and spoke with several young children at ACER (The Association for Support of Children at Risk), a project that helps reunite orphaned children with members of their extended family in Brazil. Many of the children lost one or both of their parents to drug use or violence, and as Harry knows, no one can really relate to a child who lost a parent like another child who has suffered the same experience. Harry told reporters that as he listened to the children’s stories of loss, he became “completely overwhelmed and shocked.”
Of course, Harry knows that his situation is not identical to these kids in Brazil. He tragically lost his mother at the age of 12, but still had a large supportive family surrounding him. Harry’s tears were as much for his mother, as they were for the heartache he shared for the children he was speaking with;
“I wanted to talk about my own experiences, but there is no point because it is just so far removed. The bravery of them looking at me, smiling at me… I wanted to use my own experiences in a very small way, to try to give them a bit of understanding about the fact, [that I saw what they] are going through.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m weeping right along side him now. Prince Harry might be best known for his wild antics, but clearly this royal has a very sweet and sensitive side too. No doubt a quality passed on by his mother.
Nowhere is Harry’s tender side more visible than during this touching speech he gave on the 10th anniversary of his mother’s death in 2007. (Just in case you weren’t crying already.)