Prince Harry has shared some insight into what it was like losing his mum when he was just 12 years old in a special note to children who’ve lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke of Sussex’s words appear in a foreword for the book Hospital By The Hill, which is being used to help comfort children experiencing grief across the U.K.
View this post on Instagram
In the foreword shared on social media, Harry writes that Princess Diana’s death “left a huge hole” inside of him.
“At the time, I didn’t want to believe it or accept it. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support,” the note continues.
“We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”
Prince Harry also writes some encouraging words about ways of dealing with loss:
“You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad. This feeling will pass. And I will make a promise to you – you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”
The book which is written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Trooke, tells the story of a young child whose mum passed away after serving on the front lines of the pandemic.
“While I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone,” Prince Harry’s note continues.
“Now, I never met them, but I know this person was special to you and they were someone incredibly kind, caring and loving because of where they chose to work. Helping others is one of the most important jobs anyone can ever do.”
The book will be released on March 23, the National Day of Reflection in the U.K.
(Feature Image Credit: Bart Lenoir/Shutterstock.com)
You Might Also Like: Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry Drop In On Zoom Poetry Class