When Princes William and Harry lost their mother, Princess Diana, in a tragic car accident, their lives were changed forever. Both of them had their demons that they had to deal with over the years, and only recently have they begun to open up about the impact her death has had on their lives.
But while her passing was devastating to them, it has also given them empathy and compassion for others who are hurting and has allowed them to connect with people in a way most royals never have.
Prince Harry demonstrated this while greeting well-wishers near the Auckland Viaduct Harbour in New Zealand recently. As he and Meghan made their way down the line of people, a young boy handed him a letter.
Harry took the letter, thanked the boy, and was about to move on when the boy’s grandmother said something that made the prince stop.
“He really looks up to you because he actually lost his mummy, too,” she said.
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
The boy, who was identified as 6-year-old Otia Nante by News Corp Australia, lost his mother when he was just a baby. He has been raised by his grandmother ever since.
While hundreds of other fans clamored to meet the prince, Harry stopped and spent some special one-on-one time with Otia, reassuring him that, despite his tragedy, he would be just fine.
“Life will always be all right, you know that?” Harry said. “I made it to 34 years old and life is great.”