Prince Harry is turning his childhood tragedy into an opportunity to help others. During a visit to New Zealand, the Duke of Sussex, who lost his own mom at age 12, comforted a 6-year-old boy whose mom died when he was a baby.
Otia Nante’s grandmother, Te Nante, told Harry that Otia looks up to him and even wrote him a letter. So the dad-to-be made sure to take a few minutes to give little Otia some words of hope and encouragement.
“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,” Harry told Otia. “Your life is going to be sorted. Don’t you worry about that.” (I’m not crying — there’s something in my eye.)
He also told Otia grandparents are incredibly important and even took a moment to assure Nante that she’s doing a wonderful job. “You’re doing a great job, Nan,” Harry told her. “Nans are so important in our lives.”
Harry then broke royal protocol and took a selfie with Otia, and we are so here for it.
“All I want to do is try and fill the holes my mother has left,” Harry explained. “And between myself and William, and everybody else that’s in those privileged positions, to try and make a difference. And that’s what it’s about for us, trying to make a difference.”
Princess Diana was known for her philanthropy and charity work, and something tells me she’d be delighted to know her children are carrying on her legacy by helping others — and that she’d be totally OK with Harry breaking the royal rules when someone needs a little extra love and comfort.