Prince Harry has said the news of his mother’s death left a “huge hole” in him.
The Duke of Sussex made the comments in a foreword to a new book for children of health workers who died during the pandemic.
Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, in a car accident in Paris in 1997 when he was just 12 years old.
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Harry opened up to his grief and wrote, “If you are reading this book, it is because you lost your parent or loved one, and although I wish I could hug you now, I hope this story makes it in capable of comforting you when you know you are not alone. “
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He continued, “When I was a little boy, I lost my mother. At the time, I didn’t want to believe or accept it and it left a huge hole in me.
“I know how you feel. And I want to assure you that in time this hole will be filled with so much love and support.
They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever.
“We all deal with loss in different ways. But when a parent goes to Heaven, I’ve been told that their spirit, their love, and the memories of them don’t.
“They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I think that’s true. “
Harry’s tribute to healthcare workers
Harry also paid tribute to the health professionals who lost their lives during the pandemic.
He said, “Now I’ve never met her, but I know that person was special to you, and you were someone who was incredibly kind, caring, and loving because you chose to work there.
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“Helping others is one of the most important things anyone can ever do.
“You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad. That feeling will pass.
“And I’ll make you a promise – you’ll feel better and stronger if you’re ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”
He concluded, “I hope this book reminds you how special your parents or loved ones were. And how special you are. “
When does the book come out?
Hospital by the Hill tells the story of a young person whose mother died on the front lines of a hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.
The book was written for children of health workers who died in the pandemic.
Written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote, it will be given to bereaved relatives as part of National Day of Reflection next week.
The National Day of Reflection takes place on March 23rd. It is a government initiative on the anniversary of the start of the lockdown.
You can request a free copy of the book Here.
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