Prince Harry: ‘It left a huge hole inside of me’

The Duke of Sussex has poured out his heart again, and told of how he copes without his mother, the late Princess Diana.

Prince Harry has revealed how Princess Diana’s death left a “huge hole” and she “was always with him”, in an emotional message to children who have lost parents.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, has poured out his heart in the foreword to a book that will be given to children who have experienced bereavement.

The book, Hospital by the Hill, will be offered as a tool to help children cope.

Author Chris Connaughton was prompted to write the book following the spike in health workers dying during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When I was a young boy I lost my mum,” Prince Harry wrote.

“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 remains based at his $20 million home in California, but the book was due to be handed out to children in the UK.

The book was another sign of his desire to keep his links to Britain despite Megxit and his angry interview with Oprah Winfrey about his estrangement from the Royal Family.

Prince Harry also offered hope to young children that they will never be alone.

“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,” he wrote.

The Duke, who was only 12 when his mother died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi, has previously spoken about how he had gone to counselling.

He added in the foreword: “You will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”

Prince Harry has not returned to Britain since he left for Canada and the United States when he stepped back from royal duties.

Coronavirus travel restrictions have added to the challenges of being able to return to his childhood home.

Prince Harry was thought to be planning a trip to Britain for his grandfather, Prince Philip’s 100th birthday in June.

That would have also coincided with the Queen’s annual Trooping of the Colour, a ceremony full of pomp near Buckingham Palace.

But the Queen, who courtiers say was “sad, but not angry” at Prince Harry, has cancelled that event for the second year running because of coronavirus.

There were still questions about whether Prince Harry would return to London for the unveiling of a statue in honour of Princess Diana on July 1.

That would have been her 60th birthday.

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