Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is reflecting on the death of his mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, in a foreword to a book aimed at children of health care workers who have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an excerpt released by The Times, Prince Harry writes that losing his mother when he was 12 years old left “a huge hole inside of me.”
Hospital by the hill, written by Chris Connaughton, is the story of a young person whose mother died while working at a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 you’re not alone,” the Duke of Sussex 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.”
Prince Harry goes on by saying, “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.”
The book, which is being released in correlation with Britain’s National Day of Reflection, is being distributed for free to kids in the U.K. who have suffered a loss like this.
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