Prince Harry’s message to children after death of Diana left ‘huge hole inside’

Prince Harry has opened up about how the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, left a "huge hole" inside.

In the foreword of a book for children of key workers who lost a loved one during the pandemic, he said that once they were ready to talk about it they would "feel better and stronger".

The Duke of Sussex revealed that although he felt there was gap after his mother died, he suggested it was eventually filled with "love and support".

The book, Hospital by the Hill, tells of a youngster coming to terms with the loss of their mother who had been working on the frontline.

Written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote, it's directed towards children who have lost a parent this way.

Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

He wrote: “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 that you’re not alone. 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.

“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 on to them for ever. I find this to be true. Now, I never met them, but I know this person was special to you, and they were someone incredibly kind, caring and loving because of where they chose to work. Helping others is one of the most important jobs anyone can ever do.

"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 is set to be released in time for National Day of Reflection next week, backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to mark the anniversary of the beginning of lockdown.

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