They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Which may be true, but “better” doesn’t mean the pain and grief of loss ever fully vanish.
Grief comes in waves. I lost my mom in 2012. I miss her every day. The huge weight of grief isn’t ever-present anymore but it still comes, usually when I least suspect it.
As an adult, losing a parent is hard. My mom will never get to see her grandchildren grow up. She won’t be there for some of life’s most important events.
As hard as it is, I can’t imagine what it must be like for a child who loses a parent. To be so dependent on mom or dad and then lose them? The thought breaks my heart.
Prince Harry was only 12 years old when his mother Princess Diana passed away. William was 15. Over the years, the brothers have paid tribute to their mother in different ways.
13/34 photos from every year of #PrinceHarry ‘s remarkable life – AGE 12: #PrinceWilliam and Prince Harry bow their heads as their mother’s coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997 following her funeral service #HappyBirthdayHRH pic.twitter.com/OKJlOj9RzX
— Prince George (@PrinceHRHGeorge) September 15, 2018
Perhaps one of the most touching moments in which Harry honored his “mum” was during his recent royal tour. A stop in Auckland, New Zealand, led the Duke of Sussex to make a new friend.
The Duke and Duchess, Meghan Markle, were out walking and greeting the people, when the royal couple met a boy who it turns out has a lot in common with Harry.
Hello! Magazine reported that 6-year-old Otia Nante was with his grandmother, 52-year-old Te Nante, when they encountered the kind prince.
Here’s a beautiful photo of The Duke comforting a six-year-old Otia Nante during his walkabout at the viaduct in Auckland on Tuesday after he learned that the schoolboy had lost his mother before the age of one. ? pic.twitter.com/2t50DIsw3z
— The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@PHarry_Meghan) October 30, 2018
According to Mirror, Prince Harry reportedly spent several minutes speaking to the lad after he learned the boy had also lost his mother.
The kind royal then offered some words that have only made us love Diana’s youngest son even more. “Life will always be alright, you know that?I’ve made it to 34-years-old and life is great,” he told Otia.
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Prince Harry met a boy who also lost his mother at a young age, and the two shared a sweet moment. During a royal tour stop in New Zealand, the Duke of Sussex comforted 6-year-old Otia Nante, whose mom died when he was a baby. Otia was accompanied by his grandmother Te Nante, who raised him. “He really looks up to you because he actually lost his mummy too,” Nante said as she handed Harry a letter that her grandson wrote for him. Harry responded with genuine compassion and some hopeful words. // ?: Getty Images
“I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted, don’t you worry about that,” Harry continued.
He even offered encouragement to the boy’s grandmother, saying, “You’re doing a great job, nan. Nans are so important in our lives.”
The touching moment Prince Harry comforts a young boy during the #RoyalTourNZ after his mother recently passed away. Diana would be so proud ❤️ https://t.co/74vImH9DO3 #RoyalTour pic.twitter.com/QzsvyvgRk7
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) October 30, 2018
A video has been shared on Twitter which captured some of that heartfelt one-on-one with the 6-year-old and the prince he looks up to.
Well done, Prince Harry. Your compassion and kindness toward all you meet continues to captivate us. You remind us what good-natured humanity is all about. Diana would be proud.
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