Prince Harry: My mother’s death ‘left a huge hole inside of me’

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Prince Harry has written a heartfelt and insightful foreword to a children’s book for kids who lost a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic – saying the tragic death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997 “left a huge hole inside of him.”

The Duke of Sussex, 36, has written a moving foreword as part of a book aimed at kids who are dealing with the pain of bereavement after losing a loved one amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The book, “Hospital by the Hill,” by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote, is the story of a child whose mother had worked at a hospital during the pandemic and died.

In the foreword, obtained by People, Harry, who lost his mother at age 12, writes:

“When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support. We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”

Harry adds, “Now, I never met them, but I know this person was special to you, and they were someone incredibly kind, caring and loving because of where they chose to work.  Helping others is one of the most important jobs anyone can ever do.

“You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad. This feeling will pass. And I will make a promise to you – you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”


Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles at a parade in 1994.

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Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry in September 1995.

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Prince Harry wrote the foreword about his mother in the book “Hospital by the Hill.”

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Princess Diana at the Red Cross Headquarters in Washington to make a speech for the anti-landmines campaign.

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Princess Diana leaves The British Lung Foundation in Hatton Garden.

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