Prince Harry has been in the news a lot this year, from the royal wedding to the recent baby announcement with wife Meghan Markle. But on Tuesday, he stole the spotlight for a much different reason: to offer some heartfelt words of advice to a 6-year-old boy who had lost his mom. (Pass the tissues, please.)
“Life will always be alright, you know that?” the Duke of Sussex told Otia Nante during a walkabout in Auckland, New Zealand. “I’ve made it to 34-years-old and life is great. I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted, don’t you worry about that.”
Touching words coming from the 34-year-old prince, who is no stranger to grief, especially when it comes to losing a parent. After his own mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a tragic car accident in 1997, when Harry was just 12 years old, he has publicly shared his own struggles with mental health numerous times, hoping to help others going through something similar.
And because Harry is so close with his own grandmother, The Queen (who played a major role in helping him and his brother William cope with the loss of their mother), the Duke had a few things to say to Otia’s grandma, Te, as well.
“You’re doing a great job, nan. Nans are so important in our lives,” he reassured the woman, who has taken care of Otia full-time since his mother took her own life when he was still a baby.
The prince gave Otia, who, according to Te, “looks up to [Harry] because he actually lost his mummy,” more than a few words, too. Following a comforting hug, the two snapped a selfie together, capturing the moment.