Prince Harry knows what it’s like to grow up without a mom and he doesn’t want others feeling that pain.
The royal, 32, offered words of support to two siblings mourning the loss of their mom. He reassured them that “it will get better.”
Harry was in attendance for the Royal Navy and Army’s annual rugby game in London on Saturday, April 29. There he met Emily, 11, and Isaac, 13, according to The Telegraph. The children’s mom died after being struck by a cyclist in London.
“He just told us ‘everything will be OK, even though everything seems really bad at the moment, it will get better’,” Emily told the outlet. Isaac added how Harry was “a normal guy… We talked about the cadets, we talked about rugby, about losing parents — he was the same age I was and [it happened] in kind of a similar way.”
The kids’ father, Matt Briggs, explained how the meeting was set up after Harry invited the family to the rugby game. Matt described it as “a very, very special moment.”
“I think especially for them [the children], they know his story,” Matt said. The father confessed he did not interrupt his kids’ meeting with the Prince, “Your grief as a husband is different to grief as a child, I just wanted to stand back and let them have that moment.”
Harry has been working hard to cope with the death of his own mom, Princess Diana. He recently opened up in an interview with the “Mad World” podcast about his mental health. “I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well.”
“No matter who you are, the conversation has to be the beginning.”
Where to get help
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.