Prince Harry Reaches Out to Military Children Who Have Lost a Parent: "You Are Not Alone"

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks on stage during the press conference at the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 - One Year To Go events, on September 06, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event first held in 2014, for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The Games were founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex who's inspiration came from his visit to the Warrior Games in the United States, where he witnessed the ability of sport to help both psychologically and physically. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023)

Prince Harry honored Remembrance Sunday by reaching out to navy youngsters who’ve misplaced a mum or dad. The Duke of Sussex wrote a letter to the UK charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which helps youngsters and younger adults who’re grieving the lack of a mum or dad who was a part of the British Armed Forces. The charity is near Harry and Meghan Markle’s hearts — it is one of many charities the couple requested folks to make donations to in honor of their wedding ceremony — and the closeness the duke feels to youngsters coping with the loss of life of a mum or dad is evident in his letter.

“As many people observe and mirror on Remembrance Sunday, I wished to jot down to you and allow you to know you’re all in my ideas and coronary heart right this moment,” Harry started in his letter, which was shared on the official Scotty’s Little Soldiers website. “We share a bond even with out ever assembly each other, as a result of we share in having misplaced a mum or dad. I do know first-hand the ache and grief that comes with loss and need you to know that you’re not alone.”

He continued, “While troublesome emotions will come up right this moment as we pay tribute to heroes like your mum or dad, I hope you will discover consolation and power in figuring out that their love for you lives and shines on. Whenever you want a reminder of this, I encourage you to lean into your mates at Scotty’s Little Soldiers. One of the methods I’ve discovered to manage has been via neighborhood and speaking about my grief, and I could not be extra grateful and relieved that you’ve got superb folks strolling beside you all through your journey. We all know some days are more durable than others, however collectively these days are made simpler.”

Harry was simply 12 years outdated when he misplaced his mom, Princess Diana, in a automobile accident. The Duke of Sussex has been open all through his life in regards to the profound have an effect on her loss of life had on him, which makes the recommendation he shares with the youngsters helped by Scotty’s Little Soldiers all of the extra beneficial.

“Today and day-after-day, I love and respect all of the women and men who’ve given their lives in service of us — particularly these in your loved ones,” Harry wrote. “I’m additionally extremely happy with you for being the perfect instance in remembering them.”

On Sunday, members of Scotty’s Little Soldiers and their dad and mom marched collectively in London’s National Service of Remembrance parade. In his letter, Harry acknowledged that whereas marching would little question be arduous, it was additionally an necessary and particular method for households to honor the dad and mom they’ve misplaced. “When you march collectively in right this moment’s parade, carrying your yellow and black scarves, I do know it will likely be arduous, however equally necessary to do,” he continued. “Today you’ll deliver new consciousness to younger folks, identical to you, who will profit from this neighborhood of help. I salute you for serving others in want, in essentially the most honourable reminiscence of your mum or dad.”

As a veteran himself, Harry is captivated with serving to those that have served within the navy. On Friday, Harry and Markle shared a publish in honor of Veterans Day and the UK’s Armistice Day on their Archewell Foundation website.

“On this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, we honor service members internationally,” the couple wrote. “These courageous women and men, in addition to their households, have made super sacrifices and embody responsibility and repair. We are proud to work with so many organizations that help veterans and navy households, together with: The Invictus Games Foundation, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation. Today and day-after-day, thanks on your service.”

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