In an emotional introduction for a new British children’s book about a child whose mother, an essential worker, dies of covid-19, Harry opens up about his own grief and experience losing his mother at 12 years old.
“When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time, I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me,” Harry wrote, according to excerpts from “Hospital by the Hill” published in the Times of London. “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.”
Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by a swarm of paparazzi.
The book will be made free in Britain for children whose parents died as essential workers in the pandemic.
“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,” Harry wrote. “. . . I find this to be true.”
The prince has previously discussed the death of his mother. He has lamented the way the media treated Diana, who was widely beloved by the general public but hounded by reporters and photographers, and said she was treated as an outsider by the royal family.
In 2017, Harry revealed that he’d gone to therapy to deal with grief. He said he had come “very close to a complete breakdown” because he had blocked out his emotions.
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