"I hope you can find comfort and strength in knowing that their love for you lives and shines on,” Prince Harry wrote.
Prince Harry can relate to the pain of a child mourning the loss of a parent after the passing of his mother, Princess Diana. The Duke of Sussex nevertheless took the time to write a touching message for the grieving children of the British servicemen. He wrote the letter to the nonprofit organization Scotty's Little Soldiers, which supports kids and teenagers whose parents have died while serving in the armed forces. According to US Magazine , The Duke of Sussex started off his letter quite emotionally, by writing: “We share a bond even without ever meeting one another because we share in having lost a parent.” The charity's official Twitter account, @CorporalScotty, wrote in thanks and admiration for Harry's message: "Today on Remembrance Sunday our members have received a very special letter from Prince Harry."
For #RemembranceSunday Prince Harry wrote to bereaved military children via @CorporalScotty, a charity he has long supported and who took part in today's remembrance parade: "I hope you can find comfort and strength in knowing that their love for you lives and shines on." pic.twitter.com/H8sqVdOKq4— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 13, 2022
Every November, the British Commonwealth celebrates Remembrance Day to recognize the duty and sacrifice of both former and current armed personnel. Many people adorn their lapels with red poppies as a sign of solidarity. Veterans and Scotty's Little Soldiers members marched in the procession on Sunday while Harry cheered them on from a distance. After resigning from his position as a senior royal in 2020, the author of Spare now resides in California with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children. Harry added: “I know first-hand the pain and grief that comes with loss and want you to know that you are not alone. … While difficult feelings will come up today as we pay tribute to heroes like your mum or dad, I hope you can find comfort and strength in knowing that their love for you lives and shines on.”
Harry's mother, Diana, passed away when he was 12 years old due to a fatal vehicle accident in Paris. During her moving burial procession in September 1997, the BetterUp CIO made a notable appearance walking behind her coffin with her brother Prince William and father King Charles III. Since then, Harry has made a point of preserving the late Princess of Wales' legacy. “[We] very much so [talk about her],” the former military pilot told Hoda Kotb in April of discussing Diana’s memory with his 3-year-old son, Archie. “I don’t tell him all the stuff that happened but certainly, ‘This is Grandma Diana.’ We’ve got pictures up in the house.” He continued, “We all know some days are harder than others, but together those are made easier.”
Harry said that since becoming a father himself, he felt his mother's "constant" presence. He and the 41-year-old Suits alum also share 16-month-old Lilibet. He also wrote, “One of the ways I’ve learned to cope has been through community and talking about my grief, and I couldn’t be more grateful and relieved that you have amazing people walking beside you throughout your journey.” “It’s almost as if she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much helping me. … He’s got his kids [Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and] I’ve got my kids,” the duke added at the time. “The circumstances are obviously different, but I feel her presence almost daily. … She’s watching over us.”
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