Prince Harry recalls Princess Diana in a touching preface for Hospital on the hill. The Duke of Sussex recently paid homage to his late mother in a book written for children who lost a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic. The preface reads as follows:
If you are reading this book, it is because you lost your parent or loved one, and while I wish I could hug you now, I hope that knowing this story can bring you comfort are not alone.
When I was a little boy I lost my mother. At the time, I didn't want to believe or accept it and it left a huge hole in me. I know how you feel and I want to assure you that over time this hole will be filled with so much love and support. We all deal with loss in different ways, but when a parent goes to heaven I have been told that their spirit, love, and memories of them don't. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I think that's true.
Now I have never met her, but I know this person was special to you and you were incredibly kind, caring and loving because you chose to work there. Helping others is one of the most important tasks anyone can ever do.
You can feel alone, you can be sad, you can be angry, you can feel bad. That feeling will pass. And I will make you a promise – you will feel better and stronger if you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.
I hope this book reminds you how special your parents or loved ones were. And how special you are.
Hospital on the hill is released on March 23rd in honor of Britain's National Day of Reflection and is free to any young person concerned with the pain of death. In a statement too Harper & # 39; s BazaarAuthor Chris Connaughton stated that the aim of his book is "to create connection, support, and hope through the difficult and terrible times of death." He added: "It is also a tremendous honor – and a service to young people – that the Duke of Sussex is supporting this project and sharing his open, warm and honest words with children across the country."
Harry was only 12 years old when Diana died in a tragic car accident in August 1997. In his most recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke shared what his mother thought about his royal exit, saying she was likely "very" angry about how this turned out and very sad. “He added,“ Ultimately, she would just want us to be happy. ”Harry also revealed that he lived on the trust Diana left him after the royal family cut him off financially last year.“ I did what my mother left me, "he said," and without that we couldn't have done it … I certainly felt her presence throughout the process. "
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