Prince Harry Comforts Six-Year-Old Boy in New Zealand Who Lost His Mother
Over the course of their 16-day tour of the Oceania region, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have met thousands of fans, all eager to give their well-wishes to the royal couple and to congratulate them on their baby news.
Normally, interactions with the royals during walkabouts don't go much beyond pleasantries, but today, while greeting the crowds at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, Harry had a meaningful conversation with six-year-old Otia Nante.
When Harry approached the boy,
"Don't you worry about having just one parent, where's your dad?" Harry reportedly
"Life will always be alright. You know that? I’ve made it to 34 years old, and life is great," Harry then told Otia, according to news.com.au. "I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted. Don’t you worry about that."
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Harry also complimented Otia's grandmother, Te Nante, subtly nodding to his own granny, the Queen. "You’re doing a great job, Nan," he said. "Nans are so important in our lives."
Harry was only 12 years old when his mother Princess Diana died tragically, and he's only recently opened up about his grief and how her death has impacted his mental health.
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” Harry said in 2017. But now, Harry says he's in a "good place," and has become an advocate for those seeking help for mental health issues.
“I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse,” he said.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors