Prince Harry, who became a dad this year, has had to learn the pain of losing a parent at a very young age, and this cause might be close to his heart.
Prince Harry is no stranger to the pain of losing a parent and he does all that he can in his power to ensure that children don't have to face that kind of pain. As Christmas approaches, the philanthrope and kind man, who follows his mother's footsteps when it comes to humanitarian work, has done something to spread cheer for children who have lost their parents.
The bereaved British Forces children are part of a British charity called Scotty's Little Soldiers. The Duke and Duchess were invited to the Christmas party but they couldn't make it, according to Hello Magazine. Instead, the prince recorded a video for the little darlings dressed as Father Christmas. His warm words of encouragement for the 190 children staying with the charity was heartening and perfect for this season's greetings.
"Ho! Ho! Ho! Hi guys, everyone at Scotty's Little Soldiers. I hope you're having an amazing time. I hear there's 190 of you there this year so please cause as much chaos as humanly possible. I also want to encourage you guys to look around and realise that you are part of a family, part of an amazing community and that there is support there for you every single day should you need it."
He continued, "Having met some of you, well most of you a few years ago, I know how incredibly strong you are. Yes, losing a parent is incredibly hard but I know every single one of you, by helping each other out, you will have an amazing future ahead of you, and you're going to have a fantastic Christmas. The last thing from me is, your parents will never be forgotten and you will never be forgotten and I know you will leave today with a huge smile on your face, and the younger ones of you probably covered in food as well. So have a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year."
HRH The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry... I mean... Santa Claus sent a lovely Christmas video for @CorporalScotty ❄️🎄— Benjamin Wareing (@BenjaminWareing) December 20, 2019
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The reason for the fun and heartfelt video might be that the cause is close to the prince's heart who lost his mother at the age of 12. The founder of the organization, Nikki Scott, started it in memory of her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, according to Harper's Bazaar.
"We’re so grateful to The Duke of Sussex for kindly recording a video message for the bereaved Forces children that attended the Scotty’s Little Soldiers Christmas party earlier this month," said founder Nikki Scott. "It can be a difficult time of year for these kids, so receiving a heartfelt message from Prince Harry really meant the world to them. The message was a surprise and the look on their faces was priceless," she said.
The prince, who became a father this year, and his family are taking time off their royal duties to spend time with Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, in California for Christmas.