Prince Harry opened up about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a foreword for a new book created for children who have lost a parent to COVID-19. Harry, who was 12 at the time of his mother’s death, wrote that despite the “hole” losing a parent creates, the memories of them live on forever.
The book, “Hospital by the Hill,” tells the story of a child whose mother died from COVID-19 while working on the front lines of the pandemic. The book has been made available for free to children in the United Kingdom.
“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,” Prince Harry wrote. “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. …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.”
Diana, Princess of Wales, died from injuries sustained from a car crash in 1997. The car Diana was traveling in had been chased by paparazzi leading up to the accident.
Chris Connaughton, the author of the book, wrote on the book’s website that “writing about death is hard,” but that “talking about it can be even harder.” The book was created with the help of child bereavement specialists.