Prince Harry's touching moment in Bristol with boy who lost a parent

Olivia Morris
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
During a visit to Bristol on Friday, Prince Harry shared a touching moment with a teenage boy who’d lost his father. Source: Getty

If there’s one thing Prince Harry inherited from his late mother, Princess Diana, it’s his empathy and compassion for other people.

The 34-year-old recently shared a touching moment with a teenage boy who had lost his father.

During a public appearance for Empire Fighting Chance – a charity which helps young people through difficult times with boxing – in Bristol on Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met 15-year-old Iestyn Jones.

Discussing his experience with grief having lost his father when he was five-years-old, Harry unexpectedly cleared the room for the teen.

“It just got a bit emotional because he mentioned something,” Jones explained to People about the encounter. “He knew some stuff about me.”

Having chatted for “about 10 minutes”, the teenager admitted he “didn’t expect [Harry] to be like that”.

The Duke of Sussex spoke about the importance of charities like Empire Fighting Chance. Source: Getty

The father-to-be is no stranger to grief, having suddenly lost his mother, Diana, in 1997 when he was just 12-years-old.

During his visit to the charity’s boxing club, he called initiatives such as Empire Fight Chance “vital”.

Talking about the importance of taking care of your mental health, Harry admitted sometimes sitting down one-on-one with a therapist “can be a real deterrent”.

“However, this is the sort of place that you don’t even realise you are being cured, but you are,” he explained, according to the Bristol Post.

“Centres like this are so vital, but it’s a time where it seems like they are having to close their doors more and more.”

Prince Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 at just 12-years-old. Source: Getty

Harry himself previously took up boxing to help him deal with the loss of his mother, and help with his aggression.

“During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression,” he told The Telegraph in 2017.

“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”

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