Prince Harry Says Princess Diana's Death Left A 'Huge Hole' Inside Him

Ata Owaji Victor
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From ELLE

Prince Harry has shared new insight into how the late Princess Diana's death affected him as a child, noting that her passing left 'a huge hole' inside him.

The Duke of Sussex recently wrote a heartbreaking and personal letter as a foreword for the charitable book Hospital by the Hill, which aims to provide comfort to children who have lost someone close to them due to Covid-19. The book tells the story of a young person whose mother dies while working on at a hospital during the pandemic.

The 36-year-old, now a father-of-one and expecting his second child this summer with his wife Meghan Markle, wrote in the foreword: 'If you are reading this book, it’s because you’ve lost your parent or a loved one, and while I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.'

The royal continued, making a direct reference to how he felt after the late Princess' passing following a car accident in 1997 in Paris.

He added:

'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.

'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.'

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

In 2017, Prince Harry and Prince William took part in a BBC One documentary in honour of their mother, during which the Duke of Sussex admitted that the outpouring of grief from the public at the time was overwhelming.

'When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite, which was shocking,' he said during the documentary.

'It was beautiful at the same time, and it was amazing, now looking back at it, it was amazing that our mother had such a huge effect on so many people. When you're that young and something like that happens to you I think it's lodged in here, there, wherever - in your heart, in your head and it stays there for a very very long time.'

Earlier this month, Prince Harry opened up about what he believes his late mother would have thought of his and Markle's decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family, as a result of the alleged lack of support from the institution.

During a sit down interview on ITV with Oprah Winfrey on March 8 (aired a day after it was originally shown on CBS), the Prince said that he believed his mother 'would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy'.

Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

In the interview, the royal also revealed that he was financially 'cut off' by his family and relied on inheritance left for him by his mother in order to facilitate his family's move to the US.

'I brought what my mum left me without that, we would not have been able to do this, so touching back on what my mother would think of this, I think she saw it coming,' he noted, referring to inheritance money his mother left him.

'I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process.'

On March 9, the Palace responded to the interview in a statement issued on behalf of the Queen saying: 'The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.'

On Mother's Day this year, the Duke made sure to mark the occasion with a touching tribute to his mother.

According to an E! News report, a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex confirmed that the royals had arranged for flowers to be laid at the grave of the late Princess on the Spencer family estate in Althorp, Northamptonshire.

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