Heartwarming moment of Harry comforting a little boy whose mother committed suicide
On Tuesday, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan had a walkabout at Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand. The Royal couple spent time greeting well-wishers who lined the streets to meet them.
During the event, Harry showed his paternal instincts when he was introduced to a young boy by the boy’s grandmother. When the prince found out that the child had lost his mother he offered him condolence.
At Viaduct Harbour a grandmother named Te Nante, 52, had the opportunity to give Prince Harry, 34, a letter that her grandson, Otia Nante, 6, had written that morning. She told the prince:
“He really looks up to you because he actually lost his mummy too.”
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Harry could relate to Otia because he also lost his mother, Princess Diana when he was just 12 years old.
Diana died in a tragic car accident 21 years ago. Learning that Otia’s mother had committed suicide, the prince decided to take a moment to comfort and console him.
Harry was quoted saying:
“Life will always be all right. You know that? 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."
Then the Royal broke protocol just for the little boy by taking a selfie with him. Harry also encouraged the boy’s grandmother saying, "You're doing a great job, Nan. Nans are so important in our lives."
After meeting the Royal the grandmother spoke to the press. She said:
“Harry just said ‘everything will be fine, you will grow up to be strong and positive.’”
Later on, Harry and Duchess Meghan, 37, joined the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern for a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. She praised the “incredible” Duchess for continuing to work while pregnant.
In June, Ardern gave birth to her own baby. Meghan and Harry will head home after visiting Rotorua, having spent four days in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Earlier in the day, the Royal couple visited Auckland's North Shore. There they got to visit Pillars which is the only New Zealand charity dedicated to supporting children of prisoners.
In the auditorium, they met people who were excited to meet them. A little girl handed Duchess Meghan some flowers and then shyly hid behind a chair.
Noticing that the girl was very nervous and a little starstruck Harry tried to make her feel better as he squatted down said hello and shook the little girl's hand.
This, however, didn't do much to help the girl who continued to hide behind the legs of the media.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.